Rare chance to visit Acton Court gardens

June 2, 9 and 16, 2019

Various times

Acton Court, Latteridge Rd, Iron Acton, Bristol BS37 9TL

£5 for adults, children free

People will be able to come and visit the gardens on three occasions as part of the National Garden Scheme, with free special events and a ticketed concert to celebrate. Funds raised will support NGS charities.

The gardens situated near Iron Acton feature a walled wild flower meadow, an apple orchard with old English and wild roses, and an organic kitchen garden, all in the grounds of the Grade I listed Tudor manor house. Both house and gardens are scheduled ancient monuments, giving them special protection.

On June 2 there will be three walks at set times with historic gardener Mike Brown, who’ll be talking about history of the rose.

A week later on June 9, the theme is nature and wildlife in the garden. Chris Sperring MBE will be leading two nature walks in the grounds; Acton Court bee man Dan Gillians will have an exhibit of his bees, the Hawk and Owl Trust will have a stand, and Owl Occasions will bring their birds.

On June 16 there will be a Tudor concert, with music from the era of Richard III and the early Tudors performed by the York Waits and the singer Deborah Catterall. The group use instruments of the time; shawms (a forerunner of the oboe) trumpets, sackbuts (an early form of trombone), rustic bagpipes and hurdy gurdy, harps, fiddles, rebec (a three stringed instrument with a bow) gittern (forerunner of the guitar), a small pipe organ and recorders.

Organic Blooms, a flower farm based nearby which operates as a social enterprise supporting people with learning disabilities and autism, will have a stall selling plants at each open day, following each theme. The house won’t be open but there will be staff who can answer questions about it. Light refreshments are available.

The gardens will be open from 11am to 5pm, entry is £5 for adults, children are free. The concert costs £15 and is at 3pm. There is some uneven ground, and the kitchen garden has a step and a gravel path which may make it inaccessible for some visitors.

The house itself will not be open during the events but is due to open to visitors for Heritage Open Days in September.

For more information including times for the talks and to buy concert tickets go to www.actoncourt.com