An early autumnal trip into June’s home territory exploring all aspects of natural history
Dr June Chatfield OBE, botanist and author will be guiding you on this fascinating trip.
Spend the morning in the Haslemere Educational Museum and grounds – (haslemeremuseum.co.uk) – an award winning independent museum with remarkable collections of natural history, human history and geology.
Haslemere Museum was founded in 1888 and moved to its present premises in 1925 which has extensive and attractive grounds behind looking out to Blackmoor, the last home of Alfred Tennyson.
Haslemere has a long tradition on natural history and also was a focus for writers. The lawn leads to a ha-ha, small herb garden, meadow and wooded board walk by the springs that feed a stream through the adjacent Swan Barn Farm. Inside the museum are three galleries, geology, natural history and human history as well as two rooms for temporary exhibitions and a plant table, also a long tradition here.
After lunch on the veranda we will proceed to explore Swan Barn Farm, a National Trust open access site along the line of a stream with springs from the base of the museum grounds. It is on the beautiful South Downs way and features both pastures and woodlands. Haslemere is on acid Hythe Bed sandstone which overlies less acidic Atherfield Clay which is poorly drained, hence the springs in this area.
Train travel is advised. June will meet the train due to arrive at Haslemere from Waterloo at 10.15 am. There is no car park at the museum. Please bring a packed lunch.
Tickets: £15 members/£20 non-members. Please book via the Eventbrite ticketing system below.