“My grandad George Cook used to take me to Bicton when I was young,” explains Nicholas. “When I get out in the car park, even now, I still recall eating my picnic with grandad on a day when we arrived at lunchtime, enjoying the cup cakes and Kit Kats that were reserved for special occasions such as this and being fascinated by the textured vinyl roof of grandad's car.
“We would explore everything Bicton had to offer - walking round the gardens and trees, looking round the Countryside Museum and, most importantly having a ride on the narrow gauge woodland railway.
“Some things have come and gone, which I will go into in more detail later. The short lived Bicton Hall of Transport and vintage bus rides around the grounds are two of the things I miss the most.”
You can find out more about the Gardens at http://www.bictongardens.co.uk/