THE Barkwith Gardeners Association trip to Newby Hall and gardens in Yorkshire was of particular interest because of its local connections with the Vyner family who made their home at Gautby Hall before it was demolished.
Those who enjoyed a conducted tour of the building were able to see the staircase and panelling that had been at Gautby and is now installed at Newby Hall where it can be admired by visitors in its new home. There was an opportunity to enjoy wandering round the beautiful gardens in lovely weather, rare for this season with boat trips available on the river too.
There was a miniature train to ride on and an added interest on the day and the highlight for many was the North Yorkshire Vintage Rally in its beautiful setting in the park where hundreds of vehicles were lined up for the enthusiasts to examine and admire. A call at Longlands Garden Centre had been made for refreshments and a look around on the journey to Newby and on the return all were able to tuck into the excellent carvery meal served for them to round off a full and interesting day.
Thanks were expressed to organiser Les Robinson for the time and energy he puts into the arrangements ensuring that all have a full day to look forward to with something to interest everyone in the programme.