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Experience an enjoyable guided woodland walk, followed by cream tea in Garden Inspiration’s beautiful cottage garden!

Autumn dates now available.

Laura will guide you through ancient woodland in rural Outwood, Surrey, on a short circular route talking about trees and wildlife. We will return to Garden Inspiration’s beautiful half acre English cottage garden for a tasty cream tea and a garden stroll. Scroll down for full details.

Garden Inspiration caters for small groups of between 4 and 8 people for set dates. Private groups (for 2 to 6 people) can be arranged on dates to suit.

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About Laura

Laura is a plants-woman, designer, gardening mentor, and, most importantly for this event (!) is passionate about wildlife and nature. 
I look forward to sharing some fascinating woodland facts with you and hope to give you a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

Prices

£25 per person age 14+

£8 per child age 2 – 13

£60 family of four (two adults, and two children)

Children under 2 years of age, FOC

Private bookings start at £80, price on application

Bookings

Autumn Booking availability – Families

  • 2.30pm Sunday 19 September 21
  • 2.30pm Saturday 25 September 21
  • 2.30pm Sunday 10 October 21
  • 2.30pm Sunday 17 October 21

Weekend bookings are geared towards families, although all people are warmly welcomed to join a weekend booking.

Autumn Booking availability – Adults

  • 2.30pm Sunday 12 September
  • 2.30pm Tuesday 21 September
  • 2.30pm Friday 24 September
  • 2.30pm Wednesday 6th October

Week-day bookings are for those who would like to learn a bit more about our native woodlands.

Contact Laura to enquire or to book, via the form below

The Guided Walk

This is an enjoyable and informative 1.5 hour (approximately) tour of this special stretch of Outwood Common.  We will identify around a dozen tree species, such as goat willow, hornbeam, and field maple. Laura will talk about the love-life of trees and their uses, and answer questions, such as: why do oaks and pines fare worse in lightning strikes than beech and birch? Where do you find a Purple Emperor butterfly? And just why are brambles and ivy a GOOD thing! What is ancient woodland? And how do you work out the age of a tree?  

This is a unique look at native ancient woodland by a cheerful guide! The walk will be more activity based for family bookings, to appeal to a younger audience, and more information packed for weekday bookings. Private bookings will be geared to suit the group.

Fitness not required!

The walk is carried out at a leisurely pace on level ground.   The activity level is moderate/light with a good break in the middle to enjoy a cream tea at the White Cottage. The cream tea will definitely not make you fitter!

The terrain

Paths are mostly level. There are narrow tracks made by local walkers and we will be following some of these. The ground can be uneven on these tracks, and at certain times of year, vegetation sometimes overgrown. Overall the walk is just over one mile and will be at a gentle pace.

Cream tea

Home baked by yours truly! For large groups Mary who is a superb baker, will come up trumps with the perfect scones. Whoever is cooking, you will be served a tasty cream tea.

There are a variety of teas from which to choose. Cordial will also be provided. What’s not to love!

You will enjoy your tea outside if the weather is warm and fair, and inside if it is a bit chilly or damp.

The White Cottage Garden

The garden has been under development for around twenty years and Laura will be delighted to answer any questions you may have about it. You can enjoy a stroll along the paths and borders at your own leisure or along with Laura – it is your choice.

What will you find at The White Cottage? The garden weaves its way into different areas. With a young orchard, a chicken run with three resident hens  (Gus, Gussandra and Princess Emily 4th…don’t ask!), two areas of meadow, and a veggie plot. A ‘lockdown’ pond is now looking good, and there are several deep beds and borders around the garden to satisfy Laura’s passion for plants and experimentation. There is a winter garden, a long herbaceous border which peaks in June and several other large borders. For a sneak preview of parts of the garden, follow Garden Inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/garden.inspiration/

Weather

The event is not weather dependent other than severe weather. If bad weather is likely Laura will contact you and transfer your booking to an alternative date.

In fine weather, teas are served in the garden. If weather is less favourable (perish the thought), tea will be served in the large conservatory, which comfortably seats 8 people.

Remember to bring your brolly/ raincoat/ sun lotion/sunhat/ boots, and long trousers if you’re not keen on brushing against vegetation!

Further information

Details about where to meet and admin details will be supplied by email, upon booking. Any other queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Laura, who is happy to tell you more.

A little bit about Outwood

Outwood is surrounded by beautiful National Trust land. We are lucky to have an iconic old post mill – pictured left.   There are three pubs in the village, ‘The Bell’ , ‘Dog and Duck’, and the newly reopened ‘Castle’.  Outwood has a quality butcher’s shop ‘Outwood Butcher’ as well as Brightleigh Farm, with its superb animal husbandry methods.  Ceramic Fitch, a modern and excellent pottery offer classes and gorgeous pieces for sale, based at Brightleigh Farm. Hookhouse Farm offers a unique wedding venue with its stunning 17th century threshing barn, and warm hospitality.

Outwood is a great place to both live, and to visit, with its friendly community and beautiful countryside.