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12th July Epping Forest and Capel Manor Gardens

Let’s look forward to Summer and an enjoyable outing by coach for a day of forest glades and garden inspirations.

We will stop at Chingford Station at 10.30 to meet our guide and then take a break in Chingford to buy morning refreshments.

After this we head off to explore the heart of Epping Forest – a place of sunlit glades, rough heaths and great hornbeam trees. The forest is home to over 50,000 ancient pollard trees and 100 lakes and ponds, and is of national and international conservation importance. While there we will see Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, which is a unique example of a surviving timber-framed hunt standing, still surrounded by its medieval hunting forest.

After free time in the market town of Epping to buy lunch we spend the afternoon in Capel Manor Gardens. This is a beautiful 30 acre estate, first established in the late 13th century and home to London’s only specialist horticultural college. There are many different styles of garden to explore including the Queen Mother’s garden, the Japanese Garden and Le Jardin de Vincent, inspired by Vincent Van Gogh.

Afternoon refreshments can be bought in the café and there is also a shop and a plant stall.

We plan to leave for home at 4.45.

Date:               Thursday, 12th July 2018

 Boarding Point/Departure time:     

a) 8.30 High Street, Kingston – opp. The Rose Theatre

b) 8.45 Ewell Road, Surbiton, bus stop “Telephone Exchange”

Please arrive 10 minutes earlier than departure time to allow for checking in.

 Price: £39.50 per person including coach, guide and tips.

If you would like to join this outing please complete the enclosed application form (one for each household or individual) and send it, together with your cheque for £39.50/£79.00 and a stamped, addressed envelope or your email address to:

Claire Bletcher, 17, Lower Green Road, Esher, KT10 8HE, Tel: 020 8398 7107

If you give your email address all information will be sent by email, including any changes to timings so please check your emails regularly.

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