Stanford-Le-Hope & District

Warley Place, Brentwood

Photography Group’s Visit to Miss Willmott’s Garden.

June’s photography group visit was to Warley Place, near Brentwood.

A good sized group of us made our way round the garden, very slowly as there was a lot of interest in the plants there. Martin Itter was on hand with his great knowledge of everything growing and of photography.

Warley Place was formerly the home of famous female gardener, Ellen Willmott. She introduced many exotic plants to Warley and to Britain generally. Our visit coincided with when the foxgloves were out in number. They were very tall and very colourful.

There were various information points and you could imagine yourself back in time watching the children on the now overrun boating lake and Ellen and her family sitting in the mostly ruined conservatory looking out over what once was the lawn and bowling green.

It was surprising that we were high enough to see the Canary Wharf Tower and the Shard through the haze in the distance.

Conveniently placed next to the entrance to Warley Place is the Thatcher’s Arms in Great Warley. We all managed to find something on their varied menu and enjoyed our time there, eating and chatting.

One of our members summed up her day saying that this was exactly what she wanted from a photography group, the opportunity to take good pictures, socialising with good company.

Please see our pictures of the day

Jenny Lees

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