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Visit to Folly Farm

Thursday July 22nd 2021

The Isle of Wight Gardens Trust have been offered a guided visit to Folly Farm through Simon Goodenough the Estate Manager and former curator of Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Folly Farm at Sulhampstead, near Reading was one of the finest collaborations between Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Much had been lost when Jonathan and Jennifer Oppenheimer acquired it for their family home a decade ago. Together with the Lutyens Trust, Jennifer set about researching the C17th house history and regenerating the gardens and landscape setting. A ‘dream team’ of architects and garden design including Dan Pearson was assembled, and managed by Simon Goodenough.

Sadly Jennifer died May 2017 but the work continues as a tribute to her vision and energy. On a few special occasions when the family are away the estate is open to small groups of 30 with donations to Perennial Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society


This will be in two 16 seater mini buses from the Wight Minibus Company

One starting from Shanklin one from Chale crossing on Red Funnel Ferry.

9.30am East Cowes to Southampton Return 7.15pm Southampton to East Cowes (depending on traffic)

Pick up points and times will be confirmed nearer the time.


The Spring Inn at Sulhampstead will provide a light lunch for us before the

1.00pm visit to Folly Farm with guided tour and afternoon tea. We depart Folly Farm 4.30pm.


£70.00 to include all transport costs, lunch, entrance to Folly Farm with donation to “Perennial” and tea.


We are limited to 30 places. Booking is on a first come first served basis.

£70.00 is required by June 1st 2021.

Please complete the enclosed booking form. Further enquiries to Susan Dobbs. Email Telephone: 01983 612132.  

Garden Visit to Northcourt , Shorwell, PO303JG. Tuesday July 6th. ( Covid restrictions permitting , whatever the weather)

Bring your own picnic, folding chair or rug. (Swimsuit if you fancy a dip in the restored pool).

Short Talk at 12.30 by Shaun Kiddell of the Heritage Lottery Fund on some of their parks and garden projects . Garden tours 11.45 and 12.30 (if weather suitable) or wander on your own..

Bring an umbrella in case of rain! Suggested donation £5 pp.

Annual General Meeting and Garden Visits

Dates to be fixed depending on Covid restrictions—but provisional programme

Bembridge Sailing Club, Embankment Road, Bembridge. PO35 5NR.

Plenty of parking in the car park opposite the Club House next to Spinaker Chandlery.

Tea and coffee will be available at £1.50 per person

2:30pm AGM  Before the AGM some of us will be meeting from 12:30pm at The Pilot Boat Inn for a light lunch (payable locally), please join us if you wish.

After the AGM there is an opportunity to visit the private gardens at Tyne Hall (courtesy of Mr and Mrs Grimaldi) and East Cliff (courtesy of Sir Ian and Lady Cheshire). Parking for this will be available in the large field adjacent to Tyne Hall.  


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