20-28 MAY
The Hall & Gardens will be closed for a private event 20-28 May • Our shops, cafés & estate walks will remain open

Doddington Tree Walks

Event Detail

Start Date: June 27, 2024
End Date: June 27, 2024
Adult £20
RHS Members £16

The Gardens at Doddington Hall are home to a wonderful array of trees, ranging from the ancient sweet chestnut planted around the time of Shakespeare and a centuries old Cedar of Lebanon to more recent additions such as a beautiful black walnut and a spectacular Ginkgo, a tree species so old that it once shared the Earth with dinosaurs. 

This walk will meander through the grounds to discover the stories behind these beautiful and fascinating plants, and will be guided by Guy Petheram, a garden designer with a particular passion for trees.

Thursday 27 June, 5-7pm


£20 (includes garden entry fee)

RHS Members: £16 (a valid RHS card will need to be presented with the e-ticket on the day)

Booking essential as places are limited


Meet by the main entrance to the Hall & Gardens (the Gatehouse), and please arrive a few minutes early. The walk will be entirely within the main Gardens but reasonably sturdy footwear is recommended as the ground may be uneven in places, and potential muddy if there has been rain. The walk will last an estimated 2 hours but allow 2.5 hours to be on the safe side.

Meet Your Guide – Guy Petheram

“As a garden designer for more than 15 years I have been lucky enough to get to know a wide range of plants, and indeed have been enchanted by many. But of the different types it is trees that captivate the most – and in this I know I am not alone. Beyond their usefulness in our gardens – in their creation of mood and atmosphere, structure and shape – they have a beauty and presence that both intrigues and somehow resonates with us.”

Based in Lincolnshire, Guy has been designing gardens and advising clients for more than 15 years throughout the East Midlands, and beyond, helping them create their own green havens, and everything from large country gardens to small town yards. Increasingly his focus is on consultancy and advice, and, through teaching, inspiring others to have a go at creating their green dreams.

Delivering gardens that are as sustainable as possible is a key focus, and exhibits at RHS Flower Shows have demonstrated his environmental commitment over many years – Hampton Court in 2010 (‘Human Nature’ – silver-gilt award), Hampton Court in 2009 (‘Coppice’ – silver award) and Tatton Park in 2006 (‘The Function Room’ – silver award).

Guy has worked as a garden design lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, is an expert tutor with Learning with Experts and runs a range of his own courses. He has also worked as a project manager for the BBC series Garden Rescue and, when time allows, occasionally contributes articles to a range of magazines including The Garden and the Garden Design Journal.