Pensthorpe Photos & Report

After a wet and windy weather forecast 15 of us made our way to Pensthorpe Natural Park where we met in the Courtyard Café for a welcome cup of coffee.

The rain stopped for a while so we started by visiting the exhibition of sculptures in the Millennium Garden. Jenny Pickford is a contemporary blacksmith artist and works with galvanised steel and coloured glass. This was a stunning display set off perfectly by the beautiful gardens. I will leave a leaflet on the information table at the next monthly meeting , so you can see how perfectly they go together.

At 12.30 some of us made our way to pick up the “Pensthorpe Explorer” a truck and trailer which took us to parts of the park, not open to the general public. We had an excellent driver/guide who told us a lot of the history of the site, from Anglo Saxon times to the present day. We were also given binoculars as she pointed out various birds, other wildlife and habitats. She also explained about the aims of the conservation group and their plans to restore endangered species Cranes and Red Squirrels and others to the British countryside.

We returned to The Courtyard Café for a late lunch before going on to explore more of the garden and lakes. We enjoyed seeing the flamingos with their first chick born this year! We finished with The Wave Garden which also had some interesting sculptures which are permanent and found throughout the park.

We ended the day browsing around the excellent shop.

Altogether a very interesting and uplifting visit, well worth braving the weather for.

Many thanks to Jill for organising the trip and for the car drivers for getting us there.

Chris Taylor