|The Wellington Oak|
Abbey Estate will host a series of Open Garden Afternoon events this summer; a
rare chance to enter the gates of this privately-owned historic estate and
explore its horticultural splendour.
celebration of the Bi-Centennial of The Battle of Waterloo this June, and the
estate’s link with the Duke of Wellington, there will also be the unique
opportunity to purchase a commemorative oak sapling, cultivated from a hearty
oak, originally planted by the Duke on his visit to Combermere in 1820.
visited that year as he was to be godfather to the son of Stapleton Cotton,
Viscount Combermere, and his second wife, Caroline - the christening of Wellington
Henry, took place on Christmas Day. At the time Wellington was the most famous
man in England following his famous victory, and a visitor of such notoriety
caused a huge fuss both on the estate and in the local area. So much so, that
the Viscount decided to re-model the Abbey and a new Wing was added, with a
Ballroom and Dining Room, to impress his military hero and personal friend. The
Duke in return, planted a commemorative oak tree to mark his visit. From this
tree, 200 oak saplings have been cultivated to celebrate the bi-centennial of Wellington’s
victory at The Battle of Waterloo on June 18th.
Garden Afternoons will take on June 17th, July 22nd,
August 26th and September 23rd. Some proceeds from the June
event will go to support the charity, Friends of Whitchurch Hospital and their
‘Baby Pod’ appeal. Monies raised from the event will be matched by the charity
with the aim of raising funds for the pod, which will transport very ill babies
to specialist care at Telford Hospital. The July event will support St Luke’s
the events will enjoy the rare opportunity to explore around 10 acres of the C12th
estate’s gardens, it’s beautiful Victorian Walled Gardens and Glasshouse, The
Pleasure Garden and The Garden Wood, leading down to the lake, with enchanting
views over the water and countryside beyond.
restored Glasshouse, designed by Messenger, sits within the Abbey’s fruit tree
maze. The only one of its kind in the
world, it is an espaliered labyrinth of redcurrants, gooseberries and over 25
varieties of apple and pear trees, and will provide a wonderful place to enjoy
the refreshments including home-made cakes on offer, whilst taking in the
sights and sounds of the gardens.
team of gardeners will be on hand to answer any garden queries and share their
tips and anecdotes at these delightfully informal events. A history and map of
the gardens, including plants list will be available.
be a Plant and Produce Stall too, with the Duke’s two year old potted oak
saplings for sale at £10, lovely home-grown plants, home-made fresh fruit
juices and preserves, as well as books about the history of the Estate.
priced at £5 each. Gates will open at 1pm and the events will close at 5pm
(last entry is at 4pm). There are a limited number of saplings available at
each event. Kindly note dogs and picnics are not permitted at these events.
Parking is free of charge.
Abbey, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 4 AJ
Labels: Duke of Wellington