CUBG Friends' Events: Friends' Outing Nymans (NT) and Wakehurst (NT)

Wednesday 2 May 2018
Coach outing
Photo credit: Edward Shorthouse

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One of the National Trust's premier gardens, Nymans was a country retreat for the creative Messel family and has views stretching out across the Sussex Weald. Today you can recharge your batteries while you explore this beautiful place, discovering hidden corners through stone archways, walking along tree-lined avenues while surrounded by lush green countryside.

From vibrantly colourful borders, to the tranquillity of ancient woodland, Nymans is a place of experimentation with constantly evolving planting designs and a rare and unusual plant collection. The comfortable yet elegant house, a partial ruin, reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family, from the Countess of Rosse to Oliver Messel and photographer Lord Snowdon.

Wakehurst is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The varied landscape is of international significance for its beautiful botanic gardens and tree collections, as well as for its science-based plant conservation and research.

A feast for the senses, Wakehurst features natural woodland and lakes, formal gardens, an Elizabethan house and the 21st-century architecture of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank.

Running time:

Depart CUBG 8am or Trumpington Park & Ride 8.30am

Running times are approximate and subject to change. The Cambridge University Botanic Garden will be in touch with accurate timings approximately two weeks before the event.