Howick Hall Gardens – 17th February 2019

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This was an unusual walk as we started with a guided tour of the gardens with Peter, a volunteer at Howick Hall Gardens.  Peter was incredibly knowledgeable about the trees within the gardens, explaining how they are labelled, where they come from and who has collected the seeds.  We walked through the sensory garden, provided by the Autism Society and around the blankets of snowdrops.

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We completed the morning with a visit to St Michael’s and All Angels Church. Peter gave us the history of some of the tombs within the graveyard.

We said thank you and goodbye to Peter and went to the Earl Grey Teahouse for lunch.  As usual Martyn was unlucky in that the cheese scones had sold out.

The afternoon saw most of us head over the road to the arboretum, following the route for the long walk.  We reached the pond where we saw swans, eider ducks (also known as Cuddy ducks), 7 herons, 2 buzzards and 5 roe deer.

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We finished off the day with another visit to the Teahouse, where we enjoyed a cream tea of fruit scones, clotted cream and blackcurrant jam.  Delicious.

I hope you enjoyed the day and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Julie x


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