October 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 12:45 pm

Wrest Park comprises 90 acres of gardens including many ornamental and ancient trees, woodland, grassland and water bodies; we resumed our visits in 2019.  One of its original features is the formal Versailles-like canal, the Long Water, created in the 1680s. There are various gothic buildings (many of these the work of Batty Langley) and over 40 statues. There is also a conservatory giving the possibility of finding synanthropic species such as Leucocoprinus spp. Those who do not know the site may like to have a look at the Wrest Park website in advance of the meeting. It is a fascinating place and has proved to be rich in native flora, fungi and invertebrates.  There is a good cafe and toilets and as there is plenty to occupy people for the day, you may wish to bring lunch or purchase refreshments.

Turn off the A6 at the roundabout just south of Silsoe (TL082347); then drive north into Silsoe, turning right (east) in Silsoe just past the church and driving over the A6 into the park. Meet in the English Heritage car park (Grid ref: TL 091356).  The entrance charge is being waived for those attending this meeting provided that you are punctual and enter the site from the free car park as part of our group.  To benefit from free admission and car parking, pre-booking is needed by 30 September.

Leaders:  Pat & Keith Cavanagh