Oh to visit a garden again

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It is all right if you live in England and Northern Ireland you can visit open spaces. Some of us living in our other countries in the UK are still limited to a local area which amounts to about a diameter of about five miles around our houses.

Kew Gardens

If we could move around a little more we could enjoy the open air spaces and the gardens of some of the properties that have been opened by the National Trust, (NT) the RHS and the National Garden Scheme.

As we as those, Kew Gardens and Wakehurst have opened as well.

Being envious of the English is not a traditional Welsh trait but it might become one as even in rural areas, a trip to the garden centre is about as much ecitement as we can get. And yet there are all those experts saying that fresh air is better for you than being inside and that the transmission is less likely outdoors.

Not that I am bitter you understand. I want to make that plain from the outset.

The National Trust has already opened over 200 car parks around England and Northern Ireland and now it is opening 37 of its 500 properties today.

They include places like Mount Stewart in County Down, Polesden Lacey in Surrey with its acres of land looking down over the countryside below, Sissinghurst in Kent and Sutton Hoo in Suffolk.

But here’s the rub. Visits to the gardens need to be booked and guess what? Most of them are booked already, there is a timed 30 minute slot and you’ll be turned away if you haven’t booked and paid.

The National Trust will be releasing tickets each Friday for the following week. And remember, only the gardens are open not the houses.

The RHS opened its four sites, Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor on Monday this week. Like the National Trust you need to book in advance but the slots here are an hour in length rather than the thirty minutes of the NT.

At the time of writing all slots are booked up until 15th of June but dates if you can find slots are bookable up to the end of June. New dates are released on Mondays after midday.

The first garden open under the National Garden Scheme – Doddington Place in Kent opened last Sunday. New gardens that will open are added each week and the fee you pay goes to one of many charities connected to the scheme.

Kew Gardens and Wakehust are also operating a time slot booking system

But, as I said, these are openings are all in England and Northern Ireland.

For those of us in Scotland and Wales we must – impatiently – wait a little longer. And won’t it be pleasant, on a whim, just to turn up on the day knowing that you can enter.

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