An Inspiring Day Out

DSC_0289It isn’t a publicly accessible community orchard, but the house, extensive gardens and, most of all, the walled garden of Hughenden Manor are an inspiration to orchard and garden lovers alike, and make for a great day within easy reach from West London (at least if you have a motorised vehicle).

Hughenden Manor, a National Trust Property, is just outside of High Wycombe along the M40 corridor. The former country home of Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli is in the middle of Red Kite country with an interesting house and extensive gardens, park and woodlands. There’s a picnic orchard with apples and pears, a lumberjack’s playground which would please certain park rangers local to us, and a walled garden with herbs, vegetables, greens and more apples, pears, figs, mulberries, apricots, cherries, gooseberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants, and just about everything else, very nicely maintained by a group of volunteers in collaboration with the National Trust.