Situated on the Welsh Marches near Offa's Way lies Hergest Croft Gardens a mixture of formal and woodland gardens spread over 70 acres. Split into 6 main areas, Hergest Croft, the Azalea Garden, the maple grove, the Kitchen Garden, The Park and Park Wood. It is said that it has one of the best collections of trees and shrubs in the United Kingdom.  
Each Garden takes on its own character . The Hergest Croft Garden, fairly formal with its former croquet Lawn, delicate plants protected by a large Yew Hedge, a formal Rockery and slate Garden, is a pleasure to walk around. Whilst the Azalea Garden is less formal dominated by an avenue of Blue Cedar with azaleas at their feet. Back to formality the Kitchen Garden could grace any stately home with its straight lines of vegetables and fruit trees surrounded by herbaceous borders round the edges. Moving onto the Maple Grove that contains trees originating from China, many of which are the only examples of species to be found in the United Kingdom, Park Wood has a secluded valley hidden deep within an ancient oak wood with Rhododendrons and exotic trees giving a Himalayan feel to the valley. 
Anyone who came with us to Arley Arboretum and Gardens or Glansevern Gardens in 2019 will certainly be taken with Hergest Croft Gardens. A little off the tourist trail it is well worth a visit. 
Hergest Croft Gardens has some good pathways but some are on grass please wear suitable footwear for the time of year 
The majority of the Arboretum is on relatively level ground with some slopes. 
There is a waitress served cafe/tea room on site serves light lunches and general refreshments, but it may become busy due to limited indoor space. If the weather is fine there is also outdoor seating 
Price includes coach fare and entrance fee: £25 
Groups of 10 and over £1 off each ticket. Enquire for 20 or more. 
Members of the "Historic Houses Association" have free admission and will therefore pay the coach fare only of £19.  
Depart From: City Centre (Dudley Street) 08:30, Harborne (Lordswood Road) 08:55, 
Selly Oak (Oak Tree Lane) 09:05, Bournville Green(Linden Road) 09:10, Kings Norton Railway Station 09:20 
view maps of departure points: click here 
To book this trip please phone 0121 459 7524 or use the contact form and we will get back to you. 
"Enjoyed my visit with Caltours to Butlers Yard today !" 
DB - New Forest part of a Short Break (via Facebook) 5th August 2017 
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