If you’re a plant enthusiast, want to do something new with your garden, or simply want to explore the gardens in the region, you’ve come to the right place!


Bat Experience at Woodchester Mansion

The Stonehouse Gardening Club is to travel to Woodchester for a talk about the bats and bat studies at Woodchester Mansion, and for a viewing of the rare horseshoe bats in the roost above (on state-of-the-art bat cams in the bat observatory). As dusk falls, visitors move into the Mansion to see the bats flying through the corridors and Gothic chapel, and then going outside to forage’. All this takes about 90 minutes

The mansion has rare Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats.

When? The talk takes place at 8.30 pm, on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Woodchester Mansion, and together with the viewing of bats, the event lasts a total of 90 minutes.

Joining arrangements: The fifteen people who have booked in advance will collect at 8pm on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at the Community Centre, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.

This is a car share event and only a limited number of cars will go through the gate of Woodchester Mansion for the talk. The cars will travel together, as the gate has to be opened and locked behind us -we will not be going to the car park at Woodchester Mansion, but through the gate. 

Suggestion: Please bring torches (or some kind of light, e.g. if you have good torches on your phones), and wear sturdy footwear. Grand as Woodchester Mansion is, it is an old and isolated Victorian building, and not inhabited –except by bats!

National Garden Scheme (NGS) gardens in Gloucestershire 

Plan a trip to one of the many beautiful gardens open for charity throughout Gloucestershire.

The list of NGS gardens open in May in Gloucestershire, as well as gardens open in Gwent and Worcestershire are now available here.

For monthly garden openings, visit the National Garden Scheme page.

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Eastcombe and Bussage Gardens: Redwood