Sunday, March 28, 2010

Myerscough College/Plant World/Garden House Café/Gardens and Arboretum

I'm off to a great start with my first review – Myerscough College isn't actually in Bowland, lying just outside the south-west corner, my camera is playing up, so no pictures today, and I'm not really discovering it as I know the place pretty well, as I spent a year studying tree surgery here back in 2005/2006.

That said, it was sunny but freezing, the kids were starving, and we didn't want to spend much, so off to Myerscough we went.

Myerscough is a former agricultural college situated just off the A6 near Bilsborrow.  It has now diversified, commercialised and expanded to offer a wide range of courses in the horticultural/animal/sporting/craft/business fields.

Plant World is a garden centre open to the public, with a slightly random mix of plants for sale, some just to view, and (great for the kids) some animals, which makes it a free mini-zoo.  There are budgies and other exotic birds, big goldfish and cheeky chipmunks in a “temperate zone”, and in the “tropical zone” you can find more fish and some terrapins.

Attached to Plant World is the Garden House Café, which is a lovely light room overlooking the formal gardens.  The friendly staff offer a pretty standard but decent choice of soup, sandwiches and paninis, ice creams (unfortunately Walls have muscled out local heroes Bond's of Elswick here), and a nice selection of cakes, gateaux and fruit pies. There is seating inside and out, and clean toilets including disabled and baby changing.

After lunch we hit the gardens and arboretum which is a great place to let the kids run off some steam and for plant and tree fans such as I a great place to see a wide variety of labelled specimens.

Today there were big fat bumblebees loping around, and there was a good whack of frog spawn in the pond, the contents at the “little comma” stage.  It should be tadpole and froglet central before too long.

I thoroughly recommend a visit if you are looking for a relaxing outing, with good facilities and easy walking – there's something different to see each time you go.

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