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Visit to Morton Hall and Coughton Court
Thursday 06 June 2019

Our bus set off in lovely June sunshine on the journey to Morton Hall Gardens near Redditch where we were given an introductory talk by the owner, Anne Olivieri on how the gardens had evolved and we then had free time to explore the various garden ‘rooms’ which ranged from a lovely Japanese Stroll Garden with tea house to wonderful herbaceous borders all looking at their best in the good weather. 

We then set off to the Thockmorton Arms for a light lunch and then on to the Trockmorton family home at Coughton Court. The house and gardens are essentially in the hands of The National Trust but the family still reside there on a long lease arrangement. 

We were welcomed by Magnus Throckmorton, the current owner/occupier who introduced us to  the head gardener, Jamie, who gave us a tour of the impressive gardens and whose obvious enthusiasm for his job was so heartwarming. 

We then assembled in the private garden, adjacent the apartments that Magnus and his wife of two years, Imogen, use as their base in the house. They had thoughtfully put up a marquee in the garden where we could enjoy tea and cakes. This was good planning as we had a sudden shower whilst Magnus gave us an overview of the house and family history. Magnus took a third of our party up to the private apartments in three successive groups.