Our second visit of the day was to Stow Hall, Stow Bardolph, quite a distance away from the morning visit. On arrival we were met by the head gardener and Lady Hare and eventually split into two groups for a tour of the garden.
On the last Saturday in April, the group visited an interesting garden and arboretum belonging to John and Diana Davies. The garden is situated in the village of Little Cressingham in mid Norfolk surrounded by the Ministry of Defence land so the visit was punctuated by the sound of gun fire from the Stanford Training Range. This may sound as though it is not the ideal situation for a garden but the setting is lovely and wildlife is relatively undisturbed in the surrounding area; stone curlews nest in the neighbouring fields and a brambling has been recorded in the garden this year for the first time.