Gardens Group – Stourhead NT, Wiltshire, 9 0ctober 2023

It was a lovely sunny morning as we gathered at Stourhead National Trust Gardens in Wiltshire and it just got better as the day went on. The lure of autumn colour made it a popular destination and the car park and entrance areas were busy, even early on a Monday October morning.  Some of our group had travelled long distances – Swansea, London and the South Coast. After brief introductions, it transpired that one of our number, Phil, was very familiar with the garden and kindly agreed to act as our guide for the day. This greatly enriched our visit, especially explaining why it was important to follow the route in an anti-clockwise direction.

Phill told us many stories about the house and the family who lived there. He pointed out features that we would have otherwise missed. We followed the designated route around the grounds, stopping frequently to admire the many manmade and natural features on display.Whilst we were still a little early for the full riot of autumn colours, many trees were starting to turn and the rich tapestry of red, oranges and yellows, often reflected in the lake, were a joy to behold.

The easy camaraderie and laughter that could be seen and heard made for a very enjoyable few hours, all of us easy in the company of likeminded people. This is the strength of GOC – to have events where people can relax and enjoy themselves in a safe and healthy environment.

Lunch soon beckoned, with some later heading off to visit the house or further explore the grounds.

It was a truly wonderful day in a spectacular landscape and all the better for the good company. A big thank you again to Phil for leading us.
Looking forward to lots more days like this in the future.
Best wishes

Neil

GOC Gardens Co-Ordinator

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