THE rarely-opened Shobdon Court will soon welcome visitors to explore its grounds and the adjacent St John the Evangelist Church.

The north Herefordshire venue is open between 2pm - 5.30pm on Sunday, August 18 and will greet visitors with a centrepiece lawn featuring a spectacular Cedar of Lebanon, Oak and Oriental Planes, among many other delights. The arboretum boasts a mature tree canopy and smaller acers below.

The church, meanwhile, is an opportunity to see a wonderful example of 18th Century Rococo Gothic architecture.

Discounted online tickets can be bought by visiting

The day is part of the St Michael's Hospice Open Gardens season which draws to a close with 'A day of gardens, delicious lunch and poetry' on Wednesday, September 18.

Full details of this event, along with a link to book tickets, can also be found via the hospice website.