This article by Stephen Gilburt was first published by The Enfield Society in newsletter 185, Spring 2012.
Capel Manor has been a horticultural college since 1968 and now
has 30 acres of themed gardens, a National Gardening Centre, an
Animal Corner, Victorian stables, a shop and a restaurant. The
gardens may be visited on payment of an admission charge, from March
to October daily from 10 am to 5.30 pm (last tickets being sold at 4
pm) and from November to February on weekdays only from 10 am to 5 pm
(last tickets being sold at 3.30 pm). Parts of the Grade II listed
18th century house may be open to the public when special events are
There is a car park for visitors and Capel Manor may also be reached by buses 217 and 317 along the A10 to the junction with Bullsmoor Lane, 10 minutes walk away. For more information telephone 08456 122122 or visit online at www.capel.ac.uk (for the college) or www.capelmanorgardens.co.uk (for the gardens).
There will be stalls, creative writing and entertainment. Plus a discussion on local media and climate change. Various people will be there to advise you on energy consumption, reducing your carbon footprint and tackling the climate emergency. The Enfield Society will have its gazebo there, so do come along and...