Lyn Maile at Hatfield Mount, Hatfield Lane, Norton, Worcester, WR5 2PZ
Please bring a plate of food to share
This is primarily a social event for our group; you can come and meet friends and spend a pleasant evening chatting, eating and looking around the garden. This is an event where we all contribute food. The committee will provide drinks and I will provide poached salmon and strawberries. With this in mind it would be helpful if you would let me know if you are hoping to attend to enable me to buy enough strawberries for everyone. I am hoping for a lovely evening, so that you can sit outside and enjoy the view but if it is not ideal we have plenty of space in the kitchen and conservatory.
My garden is just under an acre. We have lived here since 1990; the garden was neglected and overgrown when we moved in. It was originally owned by the Estate Manager of Spetchley Park in the 1930’s. He built our house after the Second World War in the kitchen garden and orchard of his first house; there are still several mature trees planted by him in the garden. We have planted the trees in the field at the back of the house; they are under planted with daffodils and bluebells. The borders around the house contain roses, shrubs and perennials.
The easiest way to find the house is from Junction 7 of the M5. If you are coming from the North or South on the M5 follow the signs for Worcester city centre at the large roundabout as you come off the motorway. At the next roundabout turn left down the hill, the sign reads Worcester/Malvern/Hereford/ Leominster. You will come to another roundabout: go left for Norton, follow that road to a mini roundabout, go straight ahead (signpost reads Hatfield/Kempsey), you will pass St Peter’s Garden Centre on your left, follow the road which goes down a left hand bend and take the next left, signposted Hatfield Pirton/Stonehall Common. This road will take you up over the M5: go straight ahead up Hatfield Bank, the road narrows between steep banks then the road forks, go left into Hatfield Lane. Our house is about 60 yards along the lane before the bend and up a tarmacked drive on the left. There is a sign on the wall. The house is not visible from the road. Please park on the left hand side of the road if possible as parking in our drive is limited. If you can share a car with friends, that will help the parking situation. My husband will be outside to assist with parking at the start.
If you are approaching on the B4084 from Pershore, about one mile before J7 of the M5 you go over a railway bridge, take the next left; this road is called Woodbury Lane, signposted Littleworth/Norton. Go past “The Retreat” pub on your left, go straight ahead and take the next left by the oak tree and war memorial up Hatfield Lane. The lane is narrow but has passing places. Follow it to the top of the hill; it will become level and sweep around a right hand bend with a timber framed house, then a modern house on your right. Our drive is tarmacked, on the right between two hedges. Please park on the road if possible and walk up the drive.