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Meres and Mosses Business Environment Network Summer Site Visit: Charles Darwin’s childhood garden – 14/08/19


14 August 2019


13:30 – 17:00


6 The Mount, Shrewsbury SY3 8PS


Shropshire Wildlife Trust

The event

You are invited to MMBEN’s summer site visit to the historic childhood garden of Charles Darwin to learn about the grounds which inspired the renowned English naturalist. We’ll also find out more about Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s involvement in the preservation of this important piece of local heritage. The story of Darwin’s garden Through the wood, alongside an ice house once used by the Darwins, runs a path with views down to the River Severn. It was here 200 years ago, that the young Darwin was sent every day before breakfast to walk the path at the bottom of the garden. It was known as the Thinking Path and provided a regular time for thought and reflection. The habit became ingrained in Darwin’s daily routine and when he and his wife Emma bought Down House in Kent, they made their own Sandwalk through the grounds, carrying on the tradition of morning walks with their children. Appropriate shoes/boots & clothing are essential and please ensure you have sun cream and/or water if necessary. Please note, this event may not be suitable to those with limited mobility due to the steep terrain. Programme: 13:30 – 14:00: Meet at Stop. cafe at University Centre Shrewsbury 14:00 – 14:45: Walk & talk along the river to Darwin’s garden (1 mile gentle walk led by Pete Lambert, Shropshire Wildlife Trust) 14:45 – 15:30: History of Darwin’s garden and Shropshire Wildlife Trust involvement (John Hughes & Matt Hawkins, Shropshire Wildlife Trust) 15:30 – 16:15: Return to meeting point 16:15 – 17:00 Tea, coffee and cake Numbers are limited so booking is essential. Please email charlottem@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk to book your place as soon as possible. Feel free to extend this invitation to any customers, clients or other business contacts who may be interested.

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