The weather wasn’t looking very promising as we gathered in the playground for our annual Rogation Walk this morning. Father Jonathan reminded us about the meaning of Rogation and led us in a prayer before we set off into the gardens of Sandringham House.
On arrival at the Estate Office we were met by Mr Martin Woods, the Head Gardener, who guided us around the gardens and was very informative, as usual…we are always very impressed at his ability to remember so many complicated plant names!
After a brief stop at the ‘Thumping Tree’, Mr Woods took us to the oldest tree on the Estate, a magnificent Oak that is 835 years old.
The Oak tree stands near the enormous lake and that was our next stop. Mr Woods attempted to lure the carp nearer to us with some fish food, but only a few were interested in making an appearance today.
We visited the grass maze in front of Sandringham House after that, and even managed to fit the whole school into the maze at once…well done to Eloise for setting a good pace and leading everyone so well!
The Lime trees in front of Sandringham House are meticulously pruned and everyone enjoyed weaving in and out of one of the lines of trees.
Mr Woods led us on an interesting circular walk, past the Norwich Gates and back to the Estate Office, pointing out the many interesting flowers and plants (and hidden security cameras!) on the way.
Even though the sun didn’t shine this year we thoroughly enjoyed our walk and would like to thank Mr Woods and Father Jonathan for accompanying us. Thanks also to the parents who were able to join us…we hope you enjoyed it too.
May 12th 2017