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The family at Upton Estate has agreed for WGT to view the private Temple Pool. Please note this is a once only opportunity, on a footpath not usually for public use. This will be followed by a visit to Upton House.

After viewing the Temple Pool, before lunchtime the trip continues with a visit to Upton House (NT) to view Arthur Devis’s painting of the Temple Pool and Upton’s splendid interiors and collections.

After lunch, Ali Hodge, a WGT member and until recently a volunteer at Upton House, has generously offered to give a 1 hour talk and tour of the gardens.

The purpose of the garden at Upton was at first mainly productive to provide food for the kitchen. In the 1930s it was bought by Lord and Lady Bearsted who commissioned Kitty Lloyd-Jones, one of the first professional female garden designers, to advise on new designs and planting. Insight on her work on the garden has been found through her letters with the Bearsteds. Kitty’s ethos in colour and planting can still be viewed today in the double herbaceous borders which have been newly rejuvenated. The aster border in September will be in full flower, with the Mirror Pool’s dragon-flies in evidence over the water.

Meet at 11 am. The group walk to the Temple Pool will commence from Upton House carpark. Please note that the walk, partly on a woodland track, will take around 20-30 minutes each way, and is uphill on the return to the carpark.

A break for lunch follows at 1pm. There is an excellent café on site, and picnics are allowed in the gardens.

At 2.15 meet on the terrace above the main lawn, where Ali Hodge will meet the group to give a talk and a tour of the gardens. Please note that there are several rough and uneven paths in the landscape, also steps and steep gradients.

Upton House, near Banbury, Warwickshire. Postcode: OX15 6HT.

On A422, 7 miles north of Banbury, 12 miles south-east of Stratford-upon-Avon. Signed from exit 12 of M40. From exit 11 follow the signs for the A422 via Wroxton.

Parking: The car park is 300 yards from the house and garden.

The trip is free to National Trust members but non-members will have to pay the appropriate entry fee to Upton House (£13)

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