Coach Trip to Cliveden 2012
(with photos by Carolyn Nurse)

The first coach trip for 2012 was to Cliveden, near Taplow and I am not sure what surprised us most, that we had a sunny day, or that the gardens were showing no obvious effects from the appalling summer weather. In any event, the gardens were at their magnificent best. Whether it was the formal gardens, such as the Parterre in front of the House’s terrace, the Herbaceous Borders flanking the approach to the House, or the Long Garden; or the informal gardens such as the War Memorial Garden and the Duke’s Garden; or the extensive wooded areas: they were all in superb condition.

The site has the advantage of a beautiful setting which has skilfully been used to the best advantage, so that you keep coming upon outstanding views. There are so many of the latter; for example from the Terrace, the Tortoise Fountain, or the Chapel. Then there is the interior of the later which is very beautiful, the spectacular fountain, and the interesting House of which we had a tour. If you have not been before it should be added to the list of places you should visit.
Martin Higgins

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