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Autumn Meeting and AGM, 6th and 7th October 2018

This is going to be a fabulous weekend with lots of good and unusual maples to be seen.

Please review the minutes from the Maple Society AGM in 2017.

Saturday 6th October – Thenford Arboretum

We start the weekend by spending all day at Thenford Arboretum, arguably the best arboretum in private hands in the UK. Lord Heseltine started planting the arboretum over 40 years ago and this continues. Currently the arboretum extends to around 70 acres so there is going to be plenty for us to see during the day. During this time he has created a wonderful collection of plants many of which are very rare and very interesting. For those that want to know more about this wonderful collection, in advance of the meeting, then I would suggest you visit their web site. The web site lists all the plants currently growing in the collection and also shows the many different features within the garden and arboretum itself. The programme for the day is shown below.

  • 0930 hrs meet at Church Barn for tea/coffee and a 1000 hrs start
  • 1000 – 1015 hrs - Introduction to the garden by Lord Heseltine
  • 1015 - 1200 hrs - Guided tour of the arboretum (part of)
  • 1200 - 1330 hrs - Lunch and Silent Auction in Church Barn
  • 1330 - 1430 hrs - AGM in Church Barn
  • 1430 - 1600 hrs - guided tour of the arboretum or people can do their own thing.
  • 1600 - 1630 hrs - tea and depart

Lord Heseltine has very kindly agreed to waive any charges with regard to access to the arboretum. There is parking near to Church Barn and the following directions will help you to locate it. The post code is OX17 2BX.

  • Leave M40 at Banbury: Junction (J11)
  • Follow A422 Brackley/Buckingham Road
  • At next roundabout take 3rd exit staying on A422 (signposted Farthinghoe, Brackley). After about a mile take the first turning on your left, at a bollard, to Middleton Cheney.
  • If approaching from Brackley and Farthinghoe on the A422, (ignore the sign for Thenford only) and turn right to Middleton Cheney. After 500 metres, take the first turning on your right (The New Inn pub will be on your left) signposted Thenford and Marston St. Lawrence. Follow this road for about 1.5 miles. Turn right at small crossroads, signpost Thenford.
  • Continue straight ahead for 250 metres into the centre of Thenford village until you reach a notice board at a small junction. Keep slight left at this junction and continue towards the church, which should be visible 200 metres ahead. The car park will be signed on your approach.

The visit on Sunday is to Evenley Wood Garden only a few miles from Thenford Arboretum. For those staying overnight there is a good selection of accommodation in Banbury, five miles from Thenford and we shall be arranging an evening meal for those that might like to participate. Please Hugh Angus know if you might like to join us for the evening meal and I will send details when we have made a decision as to its location.

Sunday 7th October – Evenley Wood Garden

Set amongst the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, this 60-acre privately owned woodland garden contains a large and notable collection of plants; ranging from unusual trees and shrubs to a wide selection of lilies and other bulbs. Directions to Evenley can be found on their web site. The full address is Evenley, Nothamptonshire, NN13 5SH. We shall gather in the main car park at 0930 for a 1000 hrs start. The day will start with an introduction and tour of the garden by the Tom, the Head Gardener. We shall then be free to enjoy the garden at our leisure, have lunch and depart. There is a cafe on site were lunch can be purchased. The cost for the visit on Sunday 7th is £10/head which includes entry to the garden and the tour.

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