Luton Hoo garden open day this weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 April 2017

Visitors to the Luton Hoo estate walled garden

Visitors to the Luton Hoo estate walled garden


The walled garden of Luton Hoo estate will hold its first open day of the season this Saturday (April 8).

It is the official beginning of the Open Wednesday season, where visitors can visit and take tours of the newly-revived garden.

A spokesperson said: “The garden is constantly evolving, and this winter our gardeners and conservationists have been working hard on improvements to the Victorian greenhouses.

“The volunteers are keen to show visitors the progress since the beginning of the garden revival ten years ago.

“Research began in 2001 and results are displayed throughout the garden, and in our Shooting Lodge Café.”

The garden was established in the 1760s, before falling into disrepair in the 1980s.

It has since been taken under the wing of a team of volunteers, who have restored it to its original glory.

The Saturday event will run from 11am to 5pm. The entrance fee is £3, tours are £2, and under-fives go for free.

Open Wednesdays begin on May 3, between 10.30am and 4pm, with entrance costing £5, including a guided tour.

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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