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July 2016

Sun 3 Sugnall Walled Garden (10am)

Sat/Sun 16 & 17 Henbury Hall (10am)

Sat. 30 Battlefield 1403 (9:30am)

Sun 31 Carsington Water (10am)

August 2016

Sat 6 National Memorial Arboretum (10am)

Sun 7 Donington Le Heath Manor (10am)

Sun 21 August Abbeywood Gardens (10am)

Sun/Mon 28/29 Dorothy Clive Garden (10am)

September 2016

Sat 3 Bodenham Arboretum (11am)

Sun 4 Ness Botanic Gardens (10am)

Sun 11 Weston Park (10am)

Past Events in 2016

March 2016

Sun 20 Dearnford Lake

Sat. 26 Battlefield 1403

Sun/Mon 27 & 28 Dorothy Clive Garden

April 2016

Sat 2 National Memorial Arboretum

Sun 3 Ness Botanic Gardens

Sat 9 Carsington Water

Sun 10 Cholmondeley Castle

Sat 16 Bodenham Arboretum

Sun 17 Consall Gardens

Sat 23 Sugnall Walled Garden

Sun 24 Norton Priory

May 2016

Sun/Mon 1 & 2 Weston Park

Sat 7 Donington Le Heath Manor

Sun 8 Adlington Hall

Sun 15 British Ironwork Centre

Sun 22 Middleton Hall

Sat 28 National Memorial Arboretum

Mon 30 Carsington Water

June 2016

Sat/Sun 4 & 5 Hodnet Hall

Sat 11 Arley Arboretum

Sun 19 Southwell Minster Gardens

Sun 26 Whittington Castle

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Dearnford Lake

Sunday 20th March 2016

Times: 10am - 4pm

Free entry to fair and lakeside walks

One of the many things we love about Dearnford Lake is the chance to have a quiet stroll around the lake before our plant fair begins. Last year there was so much wildlife to see.  Great Crested Grebes as well as the shyer Little Grebe or Dabchick. Lots of ducks including the perky Tufted Ducks ,as well as swans, Reed Warblers, Great tits and many more.

Dearnford Lake is a picturesque, 50 acre site on the outskirts of Whitchurch, Shropshire, close the borders of Cheshire and Wales.

For me it's off to work on our plant stall after my stroll but once you've worked up an appetite you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in the lakeside cafe. The cafe's menu changes with the seasons and is full of quality, local ingredients. The Full English Breakfast and Eggs Benedict come highly recommended!

There is a lakeside play area and lots of space for children to play. Dogs on leads are welcome around the lake and in the cafe.

The fair will be held right next to the cafe and lake.

This year we've got all your favourite nurseries returning plus some newcomers to the event. Forestart specialise in native tree and wildflower seed and have a wealth of expertise in how to germinate and grow a forest or a meadow - whatever the size from a corner of humblest garden to a large estate.

Jurassicplants Nurseries are the people for seed-raised trees, shrubs and climbers with a particular leaning towards those with edible fruits.

As always it is Free entry and free parking

Cafe serving teas and light lunches using local produce

Dogs on leads welcome.

Nurseries that attended in 2016 were:

Conquest Plants Nursery from Cheshire specialising in coloured foliage

Cotswold Garden Flowers Bob Brown's well known nursery from Worcestershire specialising in rare plants of all kinds. National Collection of Sambucus.

Forestart from Shropshire specialising in tree and wildflower seeds NEW for 2016

Hall Farm Nursery from Shropshire specialising in perennials and alpines. RHS Gold Medalists (inc. Chelsea Gold)

Hooksgreen Herbs from Staffordshire specialising in unusual herbs. RHS Medalists.

Jurassicplants Nurseries from Denbighshire specialising in unusual seed-raised trees, shrubs and climbers NEW FOR 2016

Mayfields Plants from Cheshire specialising in cottage flowers

Orchard Furniture from Gloucestershire with a great range of high quality garden furniture

Packhorse Farm Nursery from Derbyshire specialising in Acers and other ornamental trees and shrubs. RHS Gold Medalist

Pottertons Nursery from Lincolnshire specialising in alpines, dwarf bulbs and woodland plants. RHS Gold Medalists (inc. Chelsea Gold).

SpecialPerennials from Cheshire specialising in summer and late flowering perennials. National Collections of Helenium and Centaurea

Stonyford Cottage Nursery from Cheshire with a wide range of plants esp. sempervivum

The Gobbett from Worcestershire specialising in Syringa (Lilac), flowering dogwoods and beardless Iris

Also The Shropshire Wildlife Trust had an information stall at the event.

Address:
Dearnford Lake
Tilstock Road
Whitchurch
Shropshire SY13 3JQ

01948 258639

email: info@dearnford.com

website: www.dearnford.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dearnford-lake

Twitter: @dearnford

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