2019 Spring & Summer visits 

Note: please see booking and payment details on the attached Booking Forms, cheques should be made payable to Staffordshire Gardens and Parks Trust Ltd.


2.00pm Saturday, April 13th : HODNET HALL, Hodnet. Market Drayton, TF9 3NN

This well known but seldom visited sixty-acre garden is noted for its beautiful spring flowers, its rare trees and its chain of beautiful lakes and pools. It’s a long time since we last visited this notable garden and we are delighted to be going there once again. We shall enjoy the benefit of a guide around the garden.


Please arrive at the car park where we shall meet at 2.00pm prompt.


Please bring any light refreshments with you as catering is not available here.


Dogs are welcome on a lead.    The cost is £12.00 per person 


Saturday, May 11th : SPETCHLEY PARK, Spetchley, Worcester, WR5 1RS, lunch at the famous Browns by the Quay restaurant + coach

For those who never visited little known Spetchley this is a ‘must do’ visit, easily on a par with Lasket garden where we organised a well supported social day with lunch and a coach.  Described as “A Plantsman’s Paradise”, Spetchley Park Gardens offers visitors a wide collection of rare plants, shrubs and trees in the most beautiful setting, with lakes, fountains and fascinating wildlife, and a deer park, with views as far as the Malvern Hills. An eminent horticulturist, Ellen Wilmott (1854-1935), who assisted in the design of the gardens, is said to have cultivated more the 100,000 plants and cultivars and used her great wealth to sponsor plant-hunting expeditions.


We have arranged a coach leaving Stafford Showground at 10.30am en route to Worcester where we shall have morning coffee and a 3-course lunch at the famous Brown’s restaurant beside the river.


After lunch, we shall travel to Spetchley where guides will give an informed talk on its interesting history and the nature of the gardens today. We shall conclude with refreshments before starting our journey home, due back in Stafford around 6.00pm.


The total cost is just £45.00 per person including coach travel, lunch and guided tour of the gardens. Those wishing to make their own way there will have a reduction of £12.00.  For those wishing to make their own way, the cost will be £33.00 including lunch and access to the park or £12.00 for access to the park and tour only.


Please note – non-members are welcome for an additional charge of £1.00 each


2.00pm Thursday, May 23rd : ENVILLE HALL, Enville, Staffordshire, DY7 5HH

William Shenstone had a hand in the design of its landscape park, which, with Hagley Hall and Shenstone’s The Leasowes, was one of a trio of Midlands gardens that were on eighteenth-century garden visitors’ list of ‘must see’ gardens.  From the highest point, visitors have a view across three counties and can even see as far as the Wrekin and The Black Mountains. This has to be a mid-week visit as it is not open at weekends.


Clothing and footwear suited to the rugged and uneven ground are essential as there are some steep climbs in the park and some stiles to be negotiated.


We shall enjoy a guided walk of the park, followed by afternoon tea with cake. 


We shall receive a handout and access to the small exhibition which can be viewed over tea. Those not wishing to venture into the park can still independently explore the gardens around the house. 


Enville is on the A458 between Bridgnorth and Stourbridge. Dogs are NOT permitted.


The tour will start at 2.00pm prompt and conclude around 4.30pm


The inclusive cost of this visit is £15.00 per head



The original Orangery was designed by Samuel and Joseph Wyatt after James (“Athenian”) Stuart and built in the late 1760s.  Aaron Chetwynd, who is an architect and a descendant of the Chetwynd Talbot family, owners of Ingestre, was the driving force behind the restoration which cost more than  £1million, and he will give us a talk on the restoration work, due for completion in time for our visit. This will be the inaugural event in the newly restored Orangery.


The AGM of the Trust will take place in the Orangery at 12.00 Noon and is open to all.  Coffee will be available from 11.30.  A buffet lunch will be served at 12.45pm.


There will be a talk commencing at 2.00pm by Dianne Barre, the celebrated Staffordshire gardens historian on the History of Ingestre Gardens. This will be followed by Aaron Chetwynd speaking about the restoration project itself.


After a break for refreshments, Aaron will lead us on a garden tour – The Long Walk. Following on from that there will be two further short visits 1) to Ingestre Church and 2) to view the Capability Brown landscapes. The afternoon concludes around 5.30pm. 


The cost of this visit is £24.00 per member including lunch.



Each year thousands of visitors come to Lichfield, drawn by the city’s momentous history, which is to be found chronicled in its many historic buildings, ranging from its magnificent Cathedral with its unique three spires to the ground-breaking Garrick Theatre. Most leave unaware of its wealth of parks and gardens, some as old as the buildings they have been admiring.


Members will have an opportunity to make good this oversight by taking part in a guided tour, led by Jonathan, an experienced city guide, which will take place on Saturday, July 27th.


Please meet at the main entrance to Beacon Park at 2.00pm.


First laid out in the 1880s on twelve acres of land donated by a local benefactor for the creation of “a beautiful garden in which citizens of Lichfield may be encouraged to enjoy rest and recreation”, it now covers seventy acres including the site of the Peace Woodland.


From there, the party will proceed to Festival Park, a small woodland park nearby which was first laid out in 1921 and was so designated in 1951 to commemorate the Festival of Britain.


Next, we shall move on to Monks Walk, a narrow garden walk between the former Public Library and the University campus restored by volunteers led by members of the Staffordshire Gardens and Parks Trust and continues to be maintained by a group of volunteers.


Members will visit St. John’s Chapel quadrangle, Stowe Pool, the five sections of garden (Mrs. Darwin’s Culinary Garden, the Apothecary’s Garden, Dr. Darwin’s Medicine Chest, the Dyer’s Garden, and the Scented Garden) in the grounds of Erasmus Darwin’s house, and finally the Garden of Remembrance, which contains the only surviving Verdun Oak in Staffordshire.


The tour will take approximately 2 hours but members will be free to leave it at any point. 


The cost is £7.00.


Lichfield is plentifully furnished with restaurants, coffee shop and bars, so why not make a day of it visiting some of Lichfield’s other attractions?