Gardeners on tour


The programme of popular coach trips – organised by Les Robinson on behalf of the Barkwith and District Gardeners’ Association – gets more adventurous, with 30 people enjoying a recent five-day visit to Kent.

They travelled extensively, visiting places of interest after making early starts from their hotel each morning and returning in time to change for their evening meal.

En-route to Maidstone, the first stop was the University Gardens, connected with the famous Brooke Bond family, where the Duchess of Devonshire is a patron.

Dover Castle was first on the programme the next day, followed by a coastal tour up to Deal, then returning via Canterbury, glimpsing the famous cathedral through gaps in the wall.

Saturday started out well with a visit to the Kent Life Museum, similar to Beamish, followed by a boat trip, before a member of the party fell down some steps and broke his hip, ending up in hospital.

Ray is now back home in Louth making very good progress.

The trippers began the last day with a visit to Bodiam Castle, before continuing the tour down towards the south coast and Battle, where they viewed the site of the Battle of Hastings.

They then continued their journey with a coastal tour to Rye, where they were able to enjoy a view across the Romney Marsh.

Homeward bound the next morning, there were many thanks to Les for all his effort and enthusiasm.