UK Autumn 2021 Meeting

Maple Society UK Autumn 2021 Meeting

October 9/10 2021

The first day, 9th October, will take place at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, postcode SO51 OQA. This will include guided walks to see some of their finest maples. We shall meet at the main visitor reception area at 1000 hrs for a 1015 hrs start, stopping for lunch at approximately 1300 hrs.

Clare Goddard the Director has very kindly given us use of the ‘Roy Lancaster’ room, situated in Jermyn’s House, were we can have our lunch. There is food available for purchase at Jermyn’s House.

After lunch we shall hold our usual silent auction before the afternoon tour so please bring what you can, all proceeds go to the Maple Society.

The afternoon tour will leave around 1415 hrs and finish around 1630hrs.

Roy Lancaster and David Jewell, the Arboretum’s Curator, will be our guides for the day. We could not ask for two more able guides and it will be a fabulous day.

Nothing has been arranged for a meal on the Saturday night because of the situation with Covid.

On the 10th October we shall visit Wynkcoombe Arboretum. This is a little known arboretum in the UK but has a great collection of over 800 trees and many interesting maples. The web site is terrific and well worth looking at before the visit.

We shall meet at 1000 hrs for a 1015 hrs start.

The owner, Mr smith, has very kindly agreed to show us around and this promises to be a very special tour. The tour will finish around lunchtime and members will be free to depart or further enjoy the arboretum on their own.

Address: Wynkcoombe Arboretum, Wyncombe Hill, Fittleworth, RH20 1HN. (we are not sure how reliable Sat Nav will be).

Wynkcoombe Arboretum is situated mid-way between Pulborough and Fittleworth on the A283.

Coming from Pulborough, about 200 metres past the black and white road sign for Fittleworth, you’ll see the wide gravel, driveway on the left hand side, marked by the sign ‘Wyncombe Hill’. Follow the driveway to the end and park outside the house.

Coming from Fittleworth, drive past the village green on the A283 and after about 500 metres (at the top of the hill) the wide, gravel driveway will be on the right hand side, marked by the sign ‘Wyncombe Hill’. Follow the driveway to the end and park outside the house.

Mr Smith is keen for everyone who is attending to have a look at his database on the website and let him know at the start of the walk if there is a particular tree or trees that he should include on his walk around.