On Thursday 12th July 12 members of the Gardening Club visited the gardens at Thorpland Hall, which is situated near to Fakenham. Thorpland Hall is a sixteenth century hall set in 6 acres of quintessentially English country gardens which include rose gardens, kitchen gardens, a shepherd’s hut, woods and lake. All members agreed it was a gem of a place, seen in bright sunshine, on the only fine day of the week. We enjoyed a very interesting afternoon, admiring the walled vegetable garden, ambling along grass paths and past the immaculate lawns which were a backdrop for a vast variety of trees and shrubs, and which eventually led us down to the lily-covered lake.
This had been excavated by the owners, Nigel and Annabel Savory. We were treated to a very fine tea, organised by Annabel, who provided us with delicious cakes and refreshments. Our thanks both to Annabel and to Christine Pallister for arranging this outing.
Report by Derek Kirk