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Spetchley Park Gardens opens its gates to visitors for its 80th year

On April 1st 2015 Spetchley Park Gardens, just 3 miles from Worcester City Centre, opened its gates to visitors for its 80th year. Spetchley is one of the three original English gardens that opened to the public for the National Gardens Scheme.

Set in lovely countryside the Gardens extend over 30 acres and include many rare trees, shrubs and plants of interest both to the professional and amateur gardener. This wonderful garden is owned by Mr and Mrs John Berkeley whose other home is the historic 12th Century Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Spetchley has belonged to the Berkeley family since 1606 and is a garden full of secrets, every corner reveals some new vista some new treasure of the plant world, whether it be tree, shrub or plant. The exuberant planting, the peaceful walks make this an oasis of peace and quiet.

Spetchley is undergoing a five year Revival Project aimed at improving the visitor experience as well as preserving one of the finest examples of Victorian planting and 18th century landscapes in the country. Phase 1 was completed in time to welcome visitors for the 2015 season. Visitors now approach the Gardens from a landscaped car park surrounded by 100 newly planted trees and enter the Gardens via the new Welcome Centre which houses admissions and a gift shop full of tempting items, with plant sales situated behind the Welcome Centre. There is a new approach to the Gardens through the copse, that so influenced Edward Elgar, via a new path which will be lined by Peonies, Rhododendrons and Hydrangeas to provide colour and fragrance throughout the year.

In June 2014 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant in support of Phase II of the Revival Project. Phase II of the Revival Project will build on Phase I, restoring landscape features of historical significance, improving access and creating new learning spaces which will transform the way in which schools, educational, and other currently under represented visitor groups are able to engage with Spetchley.

Spetchley has a programme of events throughout 2015, starting with the popular Spring Plant Fair on Sunday 26th April 2015 from 11am-5pm. The Plant Fair will have over 30 specialist stalls with plants, books and garden ornaments on display along with refreshments. Entrance is just £5 for adults and includes entry into the Gardens, there will also be guided tours of the Gardens available, making a wonderful day out.

More information can be found on the website: www.spetchleygardens.co.uk or by calling 01905 345 106.

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