23 May 2019

Coach trip to Bledlow Manor Gardens and Turn End House and Garden

After meeting at Don’s Coaches at 8am, the coach will take us to Bledlow to visit the Manor House Gardens. Developed since the 1970’s by the 6th Lord and Lady Carrington, with help from landscape architect Robert Adams, the garden contains water features, fine modern sculpture and a walled garden.  If time permits, the adjacent Lyde Garden can be visited. Originally used for watercress beds, the area (in a dramatic ravine) is now richly planted and has the atmosphere of a secret garden.

turn end

turn end

Lunch will be at Haddenham Methodist Church followed by the exclusive screening of the film, ’Turn End - The Home and Garden of Architect Peter Adlington' which tells the story of the creation of the 3 internationally-renowned, modernist village houses around which are a series of outstanding mini-gardens.

Finally, in the company of Turn End's Gardener (Jackie Hunt), we walk to Turn End. She will give an introductory talk, after which we are free to explore the gardens at leisure. Jackie will be available for questions.

The studio of the 'Artist in Residence' will be open to visit.


0800: Members & guests to arrive at Don's Coaches, park in the yard at Don's Coaches, Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow CM6 2AT 0815: Coach departs 1015: Arrive Bledlow Manor. Explore the gardens and if time, visit the adjacent Lyde Garden. Tea/coffee & cake will be served.

1300: Picnic lunch in Haddenham Methodist Church. Bring packed lunch & cold drinks. Water, tea & coffee will be served by staff from Turn End. 1400: Film screening (50 mins) in the Church followed by Q & A.

1500: Walk to Turn End across road to meet up with Jackie Hunt for an intro to the gardens and a chance to explore them. Tea/coffee/biscuits will be available. 

1700-1730: Depart Turn End.


Members £47 Guests £50 (incl. coach, entrance to all gardens, private film screening, all refreshments except lunch).

To book: Tickets are available through Eventbrite, click here to buy them. Or, send a cheque (payable to Essex Gardens Trust) to: Mr. S. Ogle, EGT Treasurer, ‘Cobblestones’, Chelmsford Road, Felsted, CM6 3EP. Please include your name and address.


All the gardens we will visit, were designed for their owners and not as public spaces. There are many steps, uneven ground and steep drops to open water.

Bledlow Manor: very limited access for mobility scooters / wheelchairs / walking frames.

Lyde Garden: not suitable for mobility scooters or wheelchairs nor people for whom walking is difficult.

Turn End: not accessible for mobility scooters; wheelchairs may be able to access the central grass area depending on size/design; the remaining garden areas cannot be accessed by wheelchairs.

Don't forget to bring a picnic lunch and wear suitable footwear and clothing.

22 June 2019

Willow Weaving Workshop with Deb Hart

Deb Hart, the Essex based Willow Artist, will talk about willow weaving and its history, followed by a practical demonstration of how to make a willow wigwam. Attendees will then make their own wigwam. After lunch (not provided) Deb will demonstrate how to make a plant support, attendees will then make their own.

The workshop will be at Easton Lodge on Saturday, 22 June at 9.45 until 3.30. All materials will be provided along with tea/coffee, biscuits and home-made cake.


obelisk, Deb Hart

obelisk, Deb Hart

Members £70 Guests £75.

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite, please click here to buy them.

Or, send a cheque (payable to Essex Gardens Trust) to: Mr. S. Ogle, EGT Treasurer, ‘Cobblestones’, Chelmsford Road, Felsted, CM6 3EP. Please include your name and address.


Easton Lodge has grass paths and a toilet for people with disabilities.

Please bring a packed lunch, water, suitable clothing and a kneeler if you have one.