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FAGUS TRIP TO SUSSEX Sunday 29th APRIL - Tuesday 1st May 2018

Your Outings Committee have planned a 2 night stay in Sussex. The outward date will be Sunday 29th April returning on Tuesday 1st May. (May Day Bank Holiday Monday in 2018 is 7th May). We will be staying in Haywards Heath at The Birch Hotel and gardens visits which have been booked are:

Pashley Manor for their Tulip Festival with time to take lunch (not included)

High Beeches - described as a Woodland and Water Garden but reminiscent of a Cornish valley

St. Mary's, Bramber - a private 1470 furnished House with a 5 acre garden.  Visit to include a house tour, tea or coffee and biscuits as well as free time in the garden which include a topiary garden, terrace garden, a Victorian secret garden which include a massive 140 feet fruit wall.  There is also a small Rural Musem. A delightful visit.

Nymans,  one of the National Trusts Premier Gardens, established in 1890 and which was the country retreat of the Messel family. The garden was created around the expeditions of famous plant hunters with specimens from all parts of the world.

Sheffield Park also a National Trust property. This will be a short visit to enjoy the general ambience of this magnificent parkland garden.  It is so close to the hotel it would have been a shame not to include a visit. You will have time to take a walk around the lakes or stay in the tea rooms.

Clinton Lodge.  Another private garden owned by Lady Collum. A delightful garden with many individual features.  Tea/coffee and cake to be included.

Wisley.  We round off our trip with a visit to Wisley on the way home. Lunch can be taken here (not included) and the garden will need no introduction to most of you.

Application forms  for this trip are included in the November newsletter or can be downloaded from our website. Money will be collected in two stages, i.e. initial deposit with application form to reserve a place and then a final payment in early March when numbers are confirmed. If possible could you please share a room as there are very few single rooms available at present.

All gardens above can be viewed on the internet for more information.

Please contact
Richard Bennett - 01454 412281 - mobile 07900 511559
Sandra Cooper - 01275 870086 if you have any queries.

Download the booking form here.

Please note that this trip is now fully booked, but we are happy to take names for a waiting list.

MORTON HALL, Holberrow Green. The garden was designed by Charles Cheshire and is truly a garden for all seasons. The owner, Anna Oliviera, is very knowledgeable and very much a “hands on” gardener.   Both Mary and Pam have visited several times as there is always so much of interest. Have a look at the excellent web site  Light lunch is included.

MEADOW FARM GARDEN AND NURSERY, Feckenham.  Diane and Rob Cole moved here in 1998 and created a garden and nursery featuring primarily interesting herbaceous perennials. Tea and cake are included.

COST    MEMBERS £40-00 The price includes entry to the gardens, lunch, tea and cake, travel costs and drivers tip. Non-members may apply after Jan 1st 2018 & the cost will be £43
We will stop on route in the morning for coffee and cake at The Twisted Spoon (cost not included)

Coach leaves the Clevedon Road Car Park, Nailsea at 8-30 returning about 6-00pm

All enquiries to Pamela Harwood, 01934 830089    or   Mary Payne 01275 333146

Download the booking form here.

Fagus Day Trip on June 7th 2018 to Forde Abbey, Chard and Lytes Cary, Somerton, Somerset

Forde Abbey is a family owned ancient property, originally built by Cistercian monks  almost 900 years ago.  Today it is owned by the Kennard family who continue to live there.  There is a 30 acre garden with a rockery, kitchen garden, bog garden and mature arboretum. In addition there is a plant nursery, pottery and gift shop.

Lytes Cary is a National Trust property, a medieval manor house, now restored after years of neglect. The garden has also been updated in the Arts and Crafts style, divided into rooms by yew hedges, with topiary and herbaceous borders.

COST: £36.00 for members of Fagus and the National Trust – non NT members will have an additional charge of £9.30.
            Guests may apply from April 23rd, cost £ 40.00
The price includes coach fare, driver’s tip, lunch at a local pub and entrance to Forde Abbey house and garden.  Teas and coffees are available at both properties but are NOT included in this cost.
Your cheque will be banked when we know the trip is viable.

Coach leaves Clevedon Rd carpark, Nailsea at 8.30, returning 5.30approx

Organisers: Sara Willmott: 0117 9622517  and Jen Lankester 01934 833463
Please send a cheque for £36.00 payable to FAGUS OUTINGS together with the completed booking form and a sae to : Sara Willmott, 16, Owen Grove, Bristol BS9 4EH.                  

Download the booking form here.


During our five day trip to Cheshire, we will visit some delightful gardens, ranging from small, privately owned gardens to much larger estate type gardens. Several of these have plants for sale.

ABBEYWOOD – Approximately 4 acres of gardens surrounding a large Edwardian house including an exotic garden, chapel garden, pool garden and vegetable garden all set within the 45 acre estate.

ARLEY HALL – Reputedly, one of Britain’s finest gardens and renowned for its herbaceous border, avenue of ilex columns, walled garden and pleached lime avenue. This is a garden of great atmosphere and interest all year round.

BOWMERE COTTAGE – A mature 1 acre country garden with mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, pergolas, courtyard gardens and small kitchen garden.

BRIARFIELD – This 2 acre split-site garden tucked under the S-facing side of Burton Wood is home to many unusual and specialist plants. Shrubs, colourful herbaceous, bulbs, alpines and water features are in abundance.

COGSHALL GRANGE – This contemporary garden, set in the historic landscape of a late Georgian country house, was designed by the internationally acclaimed garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith. It contains a mixture of the formal and the informal – modern herbaceous plantings, a walled garden, wild flower meadows and an orchard.

NESS BOTANIC GARDENS – Situated on the Wirral Peninsula overlooking the Dee, this 64 acre garden is home to the National Collection of Sorbus. It is a garden of landscaped and natural areas overflowing with horticultural treasures, including a rock garden, a potager, herbaceous borders and conservation area.

SANDYMERE – Belonging to the Timpson family (of shoe fame), this 16 acre landscaped garden contains a host of features including a lake and boat house, a rill, terraces, a walled garden,  hosta garden and extensive woodland walks.

STONYFORD COTTAGE – This most unusual garden, set around a tranquil pool, has a wealth of moisture loving plants including irises and candelabra primulas.  Woodland paths meander through shade and bog plantings, along boarded walkways and across wild natural areas with views over the pool.

TATTENHALL HALL – This is a plant enthusiast’s garden set around a Jacobean house and includes wild flower meadows, large pond and stream, colour themed borders, spinney walk with shade loving plants and yew terrace - a wildlife, friendly garden.

TRENTHAM ESTATE – These award-winning gardens with vast perennial plantings and breath-taking vistas, its mile-long Capability Brown lake and famous Italian gardens, rivers of grass and floral labyrinth complete our visit

Cost- approx £420 based on two sharing and includes :-
  • 4 nights Dinner/Bed & Breakfast, 3 lunches, most morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Coach travel from Nailsea and driver’s tip
  • Entrances to gardens

26-28th Mercure Hotel Chester
28 -30th Qhotel Park Royal near Warrington

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FAGUS Trip To Aston Pottery and Buscot Park, Oxfordshire

15 August 2018

Aston Pottery
Another chance to visit this fabulous garden, to sample superb food and inspire your colour senses.  Aston Pottery boasts a Hornbeam walkway seasonally underplanted with colour in mind, a Hot Bank planted to thrill your eyes, a Dahlia Garden, traditional perennial border with colourful bold planting, scent and a haven for wildlife – all planting schemes carefully planned to allow plants to reach their full potential.  There may also be a chance to see the rare Black Bumble bee.
Coffee and cake on arrival, and lunch included.  Don’t forget the all important Gift Shop for souvenirs.

Buscot Park
The family home of Lord Faringdon. This is an 18th century house surrounded by extensive pleasure gardens incorporating a Four Seasons Walled Garden, one of Britain’s finest Peto Water Gardens, woodland walk with broad avenues to meander round Big Lake, and great views.
This is a National Trust property so members have free entry with your card, Non-members pay on entry. Adults - £10; Over 65 - £8. There is a tea-room on site for refreshments.

Cost is £38, departing Clevedon Road Car Park, Nailsea at 8.30am returning approx. 6pm.

Application form is included in this newsletter or available to download from our website.

Download the booking form here.

Enquiries to:
Merinda Naimi-Akbar  - 01934 832284
Kris Brown – 07890 372920
Mandy Goodbrand – 01934 824623


DYFFRYN GARDENS:  Discover intimate garden rooms, formal lawns and an extensive arboretum.  The kitchen garden houses an impressive collection of cacti and orchids.  Parts of the house are now open. We will have lunch in the reinstated glasshouse.  This is a National Trust property.

CROEOLLANFRO FARM:  This is a private garden owned by Barry and Liz Davies, who have created a varied garden of different levels and colour schemes, together with a folly.  We will have tea and cakes there before returning to Nailsea.

COST:  members:   £33                         Guests:  £38  can  apply from 31/05/18

This includes coach, driver’s tip, entrance fees, lunch and afternoon tea.
Please note that non National Trust members will be required to pay £8.90 each at Dyffryy Gardens.
We will leave Clevedon Road car park at 08.30 and return about 17.30.

Please use the form below and return it with your cheque paid to FAGUS OUTINGS to :  Jen Lankester, 50, Cleeve Drive, Cleeve, BS49 4NP  by 30th June, with a S.A.E. for your confirmation.

Download the booking form here.

Contact Details:  Jen Lankester   01934 833463 or  07977077718
                          Sara Willmott   0117 962 2517  or  07773 634203

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