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‘What do you do, when you might just have the flu? Head to an English country garden…’

At a time when good news is tricky to come by, ocassionaly something happens that makes us smile, and thanks to the National Trust who  have done just that by opening up their gardens and grounds to the public for free during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The National Trust own a staggering array of properties throughout the country, held in trust for the nation and free to visit for National Trust members (the rest of us have to pay a fee). The gardens which will be open to the general public includes some of the most prestigious and beautifully laid out formal gardens in the world, and they’re well worth a visit.

If you’re pulling your hair out after just two days self-isolating with screaming kids and two adults sharing a kitchen table trying to make work calls, this may well be a game-changer! Of course the National Trust are keen for people to maintain social-distancing at all times, but nevertheless it’s a real boon.

Gardens to visit in London include…

Ham House and Garden

This Thames-side 17th century mansion is grandly ornate, but the formal gardens are extensive with statuesque borders as well as a working kitchen garden and wilderness area. Close to Richmond, a visit would tie in nicely with a longer stroll across Richmond Park.

Where: Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7RS

Osterley Park and House

Billed as a ‘Georgian country estate in west London’, Osterley Park and House is a great day out, enjoy the bluebells, romp around acres of parkland and enjoy spring walks around the lake.

Where: Jersey Road, Isleworth, TW7 4RB

Fenton House and Garden

If the phrase FENTON simply reminds you of a 10-year-old meme of a Richmond Park dog walker losing control, then here’s another thing, Fenton House and Garden. Along with formal gardens, a sunken rose garden and kitchen garden Fenton House and Garden has 300-year-old orchard.

Where: Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, NW3 6SP

Morden Hall Park

Set in the unlikely surrounds of end-of-the-tube Mordon and just down the road from the new big B&Q and a Homebase sits the beautiful Morden Hall Park. Harking back to a time when this was deep in the countryside, the parkland is ideal for families, while discovering the wetland boardwalk and the rose garden are all ideal ways to spend a few hours this weekend.

Where: Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD