Created by Graham Stuart Thomas in the 1970s, Mottisfont’s walled garden was chosen to house many rose varieties that may otherwise have become extinct. The walled garden is home to the National Collection of Pre-1900 Shrub Roses, which reach their peak in early summer. Unlike modern species, old-fashioned roses tend to flower just once a year, so their blooming season is an extraordinary annual sight

Coach Trip Cost £30 for the coach, entry cost is free if a member of the National Trust, £21 for non-members.

Pick up points and times 9am bus stop opposite St Peter’s Avenue in the Woodcote Road Caversham 9.15 am The back of Reading Station 9.30 a.m. Mereoak park and ride just off the A 33 after going over the M4.