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Free guided tours on offer for historic gardens in Stoke Poges
FREE guided walks through Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens are on offer this weekend during a Heritage Open Day.
Tours around the 20-acre gardens adjacent to the famous Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel will be given today by head gardner Franzi Cheeseman.
The Memorial gardens originally formed part of Stoke Park and were laid out by landscape gardeners Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphrey Repton.
Diana Le Clercq of the Stoke Poges Society will also be on hand take walkers around St. Giles’ Church and the Thomas Gray monument.
The monument to the world-famous 18th century poet was recently been restored using Lottery funds and visitors can get an insight into his life and work in South Bucks.
Gray’s celebrated ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ was inspired by his time living near St. Giles’ Church.
Councillor Jennifer Woolveridge, Portfolio Holder for Health and Housing says "We hope lots people will take the opportunity to visit these unique Gardens for what promises to be a very informative day."
The gardens on Church Lane will be open from 9.30am and free open day places can be booked by calling 01753 523744 or emailing email@example.com