Michael Heseltine’s Garden & Arboretum Programme– full day coach visit
11.00 Depart 24 West Street, Fareham (by Café Tusk)
11.45 Depart St Catherine’s Park & Ride (P&R), Garnier Road, Winchester
12.15 Arrive Tot Hill Services, A34
14.00 Arrive Thenford Gardens
16.30 Depart Thenford
18.00 Arrive Tot Hill Services
18.45 Arrive St Catherine’s P&R, Winchester
19.30 Arrive West Street, Fareham
by kind permission of Lord & Lady Haseltine
The Hesletines purchased the house and garden in 1976. Over the next 25 years they restored 40 acres of woodland, the 18th century walled garden and medieval fishponds. Advice was sought from Lanning Roper, Sir Harold Hillier, Roy Lancaster and Keith Rushford. The 70 acre arboretum now features a collection of more than 3,000 different trees and shrubs, together with extensive herbaceous borders, water gardens, and alpine trough garden, a sculpture garden, a rose garden and a rill. The medieval fish ponds, their interconecting canal and the existing lake have been restored to its former grandeur. Although not open to the public, visits to the garden are permitted on a limited number of days for organised groups. This will be a rare opportunity to see an exceptional garden.
We will be taking a 15 minute break en route at Tot Hill Services, a chance to buy some refreshments. Tea/coffee/cakes will be available to purchase in the Church Barn at Thenford where there are also washroom facilities.
Please note: the terrain can be quite rough in parts and it is not suitable for the less sure-footed. Sensible footwear should be worn.
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