SEEOG Trip to Capel Manor Gardens and Forty Hall Farm

Capel Manor Gardens:

With 30 acres to explore everyone will find their own favourite oasis.

  • Old Manor House Garden (opened by her Majesty the Queen in June 2010)
  • Family Friendly Garden (a 2010 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner)
  • Italianate Maze
  • 17th Century Walled Garden
  • Japanese Garden
  • Le Jardin de Vincent (Chelsea Flower Show winner)
  • Georgian Manor House & Victorian Stables
  • Sunflower Street
  • Plant collections including Scented Pelargoniums, Chrysanthemums, Salvias and the National Collection of Sarcococca
  • Which? Gardening trial gardens
  • Gift shop, plant sales and restaurant

(All photos courtesy of Vic Shorney)

Forty Hall & Estate is Enfield’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’ and one of England’s finest historic houses.
The Hall was built by former Lord Mayor of London , Sir Nicholas Rainton in 1632. Stood at the edge of London this historic house and estate is important to understanding the growth of the Capital City and of the life and times of the merchant classes. Forty Hall & Estate will be re-opening on Saturday 30th June 2012 following a major refurbishment, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Enfield Council.

Forty Hall Farm:

(All photos courtesy of Vic Shorney)


SEEOG Trip to Capel Manor Gardens and Forty Hall Farm — 1 Comment

  1. Some thoughts on the trip…………

    ‘Thoughts on day: FARM 1. Clydesdales were massive; the one standing up, its head nearly going through ceiling because so tall. The one lying down was the same width as the coach. They looked great. 2. Piglets of Saddlebacks were happy. 3. Llamas keep out foxes (they are supposed to). 4. Nature reserve looked good – needs work + ranger or warden + work parties or rural estate management. 5. Food projects need natural wild food + more (farm) animals + allotments (possibly). GARDENS 1. Bumblebees feeding in abundance, even during dull cool conditions; Red Admiral butterfly out in sun. 2. Smooth newts, a pair in wild pond in experimental garden + Ragged Robin plants etc. 3. Ruin look garden had 6 smooth newts and about 100 common frog tadpoles. 4. 10 lb + Koi carp in two ponds. 5. Natural wild species looked brilliant, Ragged Robin, Ox-Eye daisies and (Crested Dog’s-Tail?), together. 5. Gardens were peaceful and therapeutic. Brilliant day……….. ‘

    ‘We also enjoyed Capel Manor, even though the manor house was shut! Still, plenty to see and the kids loved the maze, reptile house, animals and the ‘pretend bungalows’, meaning the backdrop to the small display gardens. By the Manor House, in the converted stables, they had a variety of lizards, insects and tortoises; I believe it was open for a couple of hours in the afternoon…… ‘
    (You can read about the Housewarming at Forty Hall & Estate at this link

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