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Spring 2017 Meeting, UK, 20th and 21st May

This is a two day event starting on the 20th May. All Saturday will be spent at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, while Sunday will be spent at Syon Park.

Kew really needs no introduction but is a plantsmans paradise and for those wanting more general information the Kew website will help. Those attending will have to pay the group entry fee to Kew and then the tour cost will be shared amongst those present.

The morning of Saturday 20th May will involve a guided tour of Kew when we shall have the opportunity to hear about the many aspects of work that Kew is involved with. The tour starts from Brentford Gate, meet at 10.00am for a 10.30 am start. Brentford Gate is on the north west side of Kew beside the river Thames. There is a fee paying, all day, car park there. From Kew Green drive down Ferry Lane and this leads to the car park.

In the afternoon we shall focus on the maple collection which has many fine and interesting specimens.

As usual we have organised an evening meal. This is booked for 6.00 pm at "The Cricketers". This is right beside Kew Bridge overlooking Kew Green itself. We hope most members will be able to attend. Please let Hugh know if you will be attending as we may need to make a choice of meals before the day.

Sunday 21st May will entail a visit to Syon Park, just over the river Thames from Kew, post-code TW8 8JF. The tour will start at 10.30am. The charge is £15.50 per head and this includes the guided tour, access to the mansion and grounds.

This lovely tree collection and mansion is home to the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. We shall be given a tour of the grounds and trees during the morning and after lunch we shall have the opportunity to either head for home, visit the grand mansion or revisit the grounds and admire the trees at our leisure.

Syon house boasts many fine trees and this will be our first visit to this fine collection. There is a free car park on site for those arriving by car.

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