History talks at the Gardens of Easton Lodge

VISITORS to the Gardens of Easton Lodge will be able to learn more about the man who designed them, his life and inspiration during a walking tour on Sunday August 21.

Celebrated Harold Peto expert, Robin Whalley, will lead the tours at 1pm and 3pm.

The tours start with a brief background, drawing on Peto’s diaries and showing how his travels and early experiences influenced his development as a garden designer. Participants will then tour a series of locations in the garden where people can see and imagine how they used to be.

Numbers are limited so advance booking is essential.

Mr Whalley, who is also chairman of trustees for the Gardens of Easton Lodge Preservation Trust, said: “I am really looking forward to sharing my knowledge of the gardens and Harold Peto with our visitors and volunteers so that they can appreciate them still further.

“Hopefully it will also help people understand why it is so important that these historically significant gardens are returned as far as possible to their former glory.”

Visitors will also have the opportunity to play croquet and enjoy homemade cakes under the trees in the refreshment area. The Saffron Ice Cream Company will also be on hand with a locally produced range.

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The gardens are open for just three more Sundays this season: August 21, September 18 and October 16. Open from 12noon until 6pm (last entry at 5pm) admission is just �2.50 for adults with children free of charge. There are nature activities and long swings for younger visitors. Picnics are welcome, as are dogs on leads.

Bookings for the tours on August 21 can be made by e-mailing enquiries@eastonlodge.co.uk or leaving a message on 01371 876979. Further information is also available from the website at eastonlodge.co.uk.

The Gardens of Easton Lodge are located just outside Great Dunmow in Little Easton, off the B184 (Great Dunmow to Saffron Walden road). Follow the brown heritage signs.