Everything’s lovely in the gardens for long-awaited CPRE Kent outing to Canterbury

Members of the group listen to the fascinating story of the medieval-cum-Victorian wall

The weather was kind as the first CPRE Kent outing in far too long was enjoyed by some 25 people on Saturday (June 11). Vicky Ellis reports on a superb day out…

The venue for our trip was the wonderful Franciscan Gardens in Canterbury and once we had all had gathered in the gardens, Josh, our guide for the day, began his talk.

We were told about the old greenhouse with an ancient vine growing through it and which would be the site’s next project; the wall that was medieval at the bottom and Victorian on top but now needed serious care and attention due to the medieval part collapsing under the weight of the Victorian part; the various stones that had been found on site; and the beautiful cutting garden with its culinary delights.

We ambled through the gardens to the old chapel that had, in its time, been a schoolhouse, a private residence and a prison, with graffiti scratched into the wood panelling still visible today.

After the talk we wandered at will around the gardens admiring the rose wall and insects and enjoying the wildflowers in the meadow.

We then popped over the road to The Old Weavers restaurant, where Jon, the head chef, treated us to a wonderful lunch. We were seated upstairs in the amazing restaurant, which was like a time capsule, and we felt we had all been cast back to the bygone days of the early 1800s.

All in all, it was a very relaxing and enjoyable day in beautiful and historic surroundings. Who would have thought that just off Canterbury High Street lies a place of such tranquillity, beauty and peace?

Monday, June 13, 2022