On Tuesday 14th June, classes 3 and 4 visited Audley End. During the morning, the children each made environmentally friendly plant pots from newspaper which they filled with compost and planted with seeds. Gemma, the Audley End gardener, gave each class a guided tour of the kitchen garden and greenhouses, describing how the gardens in the past, would have provided all the fruit, vegetables and flowers for the house. Very old varieties of plants are still grown and all methods of cultivation are organic.
As part of the English Heritage festival to celebrate 300 years since the birth of Capability Brown, a member of staff explained to the children, how the parklands and gardens of Audley End had been re designed by this famous landscape gardener to look, ‘natural’. Dodging the rain showers, the children then sketched aspects of the landscape, carried out a scavenger hunt in the parterre garden and completed the interesting day with a walk through some rooms in Audley End House.