After an enjoyable visit to Nottingham, we decided to stop off half way home at Trentham Gardens. Having pre booked our tickets, we parked near the garden centre. After lunch, we entered and followed the path to explore the lakeside walk, all the way around the ‘Capability’ Brown mile-long Trentham Lake.
Scattered around the lake were several sculptures and these added interest to the walk. Some were carved into trees, whilst others were free standing. As well as traditinal subject matter, one area impressed with tree stumps laid out to form an interesting abstract landscape, which created a different experience.
A trail of superb fairy sculptures, had also been created around the lakeside and gardens. These were painstakingly created from galvanised and stainless steel wire, by local artist Robin Wight.
Some of these were stunning, glistening in the sunlight, whilst others were hidden in the trees or peeping over fences. A super idea to inspire children who could have a trail sheet to help find them.
Having followed the one way system, we finished our walk at the Italian gardens, where we could acknowledge the foresight of the layout and appreciate the plants and trees. After the walk it was enjoyable to explore this area, especially the sweet smelling pink wisteria boulevard before setting off for home.
A nice break from the stress of the last few months and a chance to see a new city and visit these beautiful gardens.