The Trentham Estate is a great place to visit all year round, especially the gardens. The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain according to Alan Titchmarsh, where he is quoted as saying “one of the UK’s must-see gardens”.
There has been a contemporary revival of the famous Italian Gardens which was led by renowned designer and multi-Chelsea gold-medal winner Tom Stuart-Smith.
To the east of the Italian Gardens are the Rivers of Grass and the adjacent Floral Labyrinth. Both these schemes were designed by eminent Dutch plantsman, and Chelsea gold-medal winner, Piet Oudolf.
At the centre of Trentham Gardens is the mile long, Capability Brown designed, Trentham Lake. There is a circular lakeside walk all the way round as it takes you aside the River Trent.
Trentham Gardens is a photographers dream, with lots to photograph.
Wanting to make the most of the weather that we had over the weekend I headed west for Wales and visited Powis Castle, then the following day headed over to Attingham Park. As usual my camera was my companion and there was plenty to photograph.
Powis Castle (Castell Powis) is a medieval castle, fortress and grand country mansion near Welshpool, in Powys, Mid Wales, that has an amazing collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and tapestries. There are also Italianate terraces, spectacular yew hedges, lead statues and lavish herbaceous borders to explore in the gardens.
In addition to the landscaped estate, Powis Castle plays host to parkland and a deer park which is a pleasure to walk around.
Attingham Park is a country house and estate in Shropshire, England, and is located near the village of Atcham. Attingham Park was built in 1785 for Noel Hill, 1st Baron Berwick. The Estate comprises roughly of 4000 acres, but during the early 1800s extended to twice that amount at 8000 acres. Here you can explore the mansion, walled garden and the park.
Last weekend we had such beautiful weather that it would have been a shame not to make the most of it, so I headed down south and visited the wonderful and peaceful gardens at Nymans, Handcross, nr Haywards Heath in West Sussex.
The gardens are a treat for the eye and contain mixed borders of perennials and annuals. The garden is also house to romantic ruins, intimate gardens, and internationally recognised plant collections against a backdrop of Wealden woodland. Great for those who like to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and recharge the batteries.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous or energetic, your visit can be complemented by a walk around the surrounding estate, an area of the High Weald, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1983.
It has been a few months now since I left university and I have missed creating panoramas and stereographic images. So whilst out on a weekend stroll around Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, UK, I decided that I would create some new images.
The shots have been taken “hand held” as I still haven’t had the opportunity to purchase a panoramic head for my tripod. The images I can achieve from “hand held” are of acceptable standard but I know that having a panoramic head will make the stitching process far easier during post production.