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Enjoy a family day out when the Gardens of Easton Lodge near Great Dunmow holds its 2021 Summer Open Day




Visitors will be encouraged to look at the Gardens of Easton Lodge's trees with fresh eyes when it holds its Summer Open Day on Sunday August 22.

There will be the chance to seek out the national and county champion trees at the Historic England grade II registered gardens in Little Easton, near Great Dunmow, from 11am to 5pm.

Guests can enjoy exhibitions of bonsai trees and woodcrafts, and there will be a special tree trail for children too.

Easton Lodge originally stood at the heart of a hunting forest, populated by historic oaks, but in Victorian times its gardens started to be improved and a wider variety of trees was planted.

The giant redwood is not the biggest of its type but towers over the entrance to the car park, while the imposing cedars of Lebanon, one of which was planted by King Edward VII, are probably as wide as they are tall.

The top of the glade is adorned with a relatively young scarlet oak while at the bottom there is a huge old red oak and an Atlantic cedar.

Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Arthur Southwell
Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Arthur Southwell

The limes, which lined the walks around the treehouse, are a legacy from Harold Peto, the Edwardian garden designer brought in by the Countess of Warwick to restyle her garden in 1902, but they have now grown up to touch the sky!

In the walled kitchen garden, four of the original apple trees are still in place and the trust has planted historic varieties, including cherry plums, placed exactly where they used to be in the Countess's time.

At the Summer Open Day, stalls will sell plants, wood products, honey, jams and vegetables from the gardens while musical entertainment will be provided by Woodwind of Stortford, who will play a mix of popular tunes, including swing and songs from the movies.

The gardens trust's volunteers will provide hot bacon, cheese or hummus rolls, a wide selection of home-made cakes as well as tea, coffee and cold drinks.

Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Arthur Southwell
Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Arthur Southwell

The gardens are open from 11am to 5pm, with last entry at 4pm. Tickets can be bought in advance at www.eastonlodge.co.uk or www.trybooking.com/uk.

Advance tickets are not required for visitors arriving after 1pm. The entrance fee is £5.50 for adults and under-16s get in free.

Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Arthur Southwell
Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Arthur Southwell
Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Arthur Southwell
Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Arthur Southwell
Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Arthur Southwell
Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Arthur Southwell


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