The Association of Gardens Trusts
Caring for historic gardens and designed landscapes
The Association, a national charity, consists of 35 County Gardens Trusts from all over England, and is affiliated to the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust. Our focus is on promoting the enjoyment of gardens and parks to the general public. We learn about designed landscapes, engage in conservation, planning and garden research, and encourage gardens in schools.
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See County Gardens Trusts for contacts and to enquire about membership. Get involved! Find out more about garden heritage in your area.
Interim Report of the GHS/AGT Merger Project Board
County Gardens Trust's are invited to comment on the GHS/AGT Merger Project Board's interim report. Comments should be sent by 14th April 2014 to Mike Dawson AGT Vice Chairman at: email@example.com
Addition by Kate Harwood to the news in the Eyecatcher about the Mawson daffodil. Bushey Rose Garden, which also celebrates its Mawson centenary this year was also lucky enough to have a visit from Dolf, Roos and others from The Peace Palace in The Hague. Kate was also invited to the christening at the Peace Palace where Thomas Mawson christened the new flower with a glass of champagne, before they all retreated to the palace for drinks and warmth. This was the first of all the events staged by The Peace Palace to celebrate their centenary, and there have been several events at BRG, including a children's art competition sponsored by Hertfordshire Gardens Trust. One of the winners produced a portrait of Thomas Mawson. Pictures show the christening and winning artwork.
A NEW Series of Talks : Finding out about Garden History Research by Dr Twigs Way at University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens. 4th April, May, 6th June, 20th June, 18 July (bookable individually). Held at the famous University of Cambridge Botanic gardens - with the opportunity of walking through these wonderful gardens included. >More details
NEW SHORT RESEARCH COURSE!
iNSTITUTE OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH London
Historic Gardens:Research in Action explores how archival research findings on historic gardens can contribute to garden restoration, conservation and management. More info>
OPENING MORE GATES!!
Planning for 2016 Capability Brown 300 Celebrations given a First Round Heritage Lottery boost.
>More details about the Heritage Lottery award.
For additional information on CB300 celebrations, to register your support and for a Capability Brown Information Day Compton Verney being planned fpr Brown site owners, estate managers and volunteers.please visit: www.capabilitybrown.org.
Left: Gilly Drummond, Paul Lincoln LI, research volunteers and Gary Webb,Landscsape Manager walking the ground at Compton Verney.
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June 2014
OPEN GARDEN SQUARES WEEKEND
OVER 200 London gardens will be opening for OGSW weekend - 20 NEW GARDENS - including the home of Arsenal football!!" >More details. Fast becoming an essential date in the London summer diary, Open Garden Squares Weekend returns on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June 2014. In the region of 200 gardens, many private and hidden, will once again offer Londoners and visitors alike the chance to delve beyond the garden gate into the green spaces beyond.www.opensquares.org
New Chairman for Hertfordshire Gardens Trust, interview in Hertfordhsire Life >More details
Planning template letters for use by County Gardens Trusts available for download now.
Impact of PV Arrays and Solar Farms
If the Array or Solar Farm adversely impacts on the designed views from a registered park or garden and/or its setting or on a significant park and garden that adds to local character and distinctiveness and, if not Registered, is ideally on a Local List, the CGT has a locus on which to object.
Parks & Gardens UK is the leading on-line resource for historic parks and gardens providing freely accessible, accurate and inspiring information on UK parks, gardens and designed landscapes and all activities concerned with their promotion, conservation and management.
OPENING MORE GATES!!
Planning for 2016 Capability Brown 300 Celebrations given a First Round Heritage Lottery boost. >More details about the Heritage Lottery award.
Useful new report including sources for all Capabiliy Brown researchers:
LANCELOT 'CAPABILITY' BROWN Research Impact Review prepared for English Heritage by University of East Anglia Landscape Group.
Click on this link to explore the CB300 site and to Discover, Learn and register your support: www.capabilitybrown.org.
The Historic Landscape Project WEB FORUM is having a makeover! Enter it from HERE and register to access CGT hints and tips, download useful resource materials, ask other members questions. Keep checking in for news and views of how other CGTs are gearing up and tackling conservation issues in their county.
The evaluation report for Phase I of the Historic Landscape Project is now available for you to download and digest. Click here for the report itself and here for the Appendices. (It is also available straight from the Web Forum.)
Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2014 competition is launched.>More details
MA Garden and Landscape History
A new course offered by the Institute of Historical Research *subject to final approval, University of London, School of Advance Study. >Further details
AGT Eyecatcher Newsletter No 28, Autumn 2013 edited by Liz Ware. >Click here to read the latest Eyecatcher Newsletter.
AGT Eyecatcher Newsletter No 27, Winter/Spring 2013 edited by Liz Ware >
Click here to read the Winter/Spring 2013 Eyecatcher Newsletter
Garden heritage world mourns the loss of Shropshire garden historian, member of Shropshire and Hereford and Worcester Gardens Trusts and founder member of the Walled Kitchen Garden network, Fiona Grant. She will be much missed by the many friends she made including AGT/CGT members. >Obituary.
> Last Year Fiona's book on Glasshouses was published.
Tributes to: John Drake MBE, Martin Wakeline, Mavis Batey and David Mawson
NEW PUBLICATIONS/BOOK REVIEWS:
Congratulations to Norfolk Gardens Trust!!
In NGT's 25th Anniversary year, their splendid new book, including a foreword by HRH Prince Charles was recently launced. Norfolk Gardens and Designed Landscapes. The book is published by Windgather Press.
Warwickshire Gardens Trust
Ever since they appeared in ancient Egypt, obelisks have retained their power. The Obelisks of Warwickshire is a guidebook to 20 notable examples, together with many others in the county. >Further details
Dear Friend and Gardener
Letters on Life and Gardening
Christopher Lloyd and Beth Chatto
>Book Review by Dr Judith Rossiter
Venice and Veneto
The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto
>Book Review by Polly Burns, Suffolk Gardens Trust
>Frances Lincoln Publishers
Book reviews by Liz Ware:
A History of English Hospital Gardens since 1800 ,
by Clare Hickman
Hertfordshire – A Lanscape History
by Anne Rowe and Tom Williamson >More details
Glasshouses by Fiona Grant >More details.
South West Area Education Forum Report
by Claire Hewlett and Sally Walker >More details
Grant of a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture. >More details
IMPORTANT -New advice concerning conservation and management of war memorials. The War Memorials Trust has now published its new landscaping leaflet in their series of guidance for war memorial projects.
New Garden History Society project to harness Conservation Management Plans for historic designed landscapes >More details
Gardens Trust members please send in events information for the Whats On section of the home page and snippets of news, (i.e. short, interesting, amusing or odd items concerning gardens) to firstname.lastname@example.org
February to 27 April 2014
Fashion and Gardens Exhibition
Garden History Society - Winter Lecture Series 2014
12 February to 26 March 2014
at 70 Cowcross Street and RHS, London
Thursday 6 March 2014
AGT Business Meeting and Workshop
Cowcross Street London. >More details
London Parks & Gardens Trust
Winter Lectures 2014
Held at The Garden Museum
Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB
Luke Barley - Green Monuments: London’s Ancient Trees
>More details and booking information
Friday 14th March - 7.30 for 8pm
The Berkshire Gardens Trust’s 2014 Spring Lecture by Rosamund Wallinger, Gertrude Jekyll: Her Art and Place in Garden History, The Barn, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames, RG8 8DR >More details
Saturday 15 March 2014
A Study Day organised by Birkbeck Garden History Group,
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Friendship Centre
235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP. >More details
Tusday 18 March 2014 10am to 4.15pm
Responding to Planning Applications affecting historic designed landscapes
Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge
Priority for places will be given to CGT volunteers from the Midlands and East of England regions. Please book early to avoid disappointment - places are limited to 16 only.
Saturday 29 March -NB POSTPONED TILL JUNE
Capability Brown Information Day, Compton Verney:
Details to follow
Saturday 29 March 2014
Welsh Historic Gardens Trust - 1.30pm
Talks on Charles Darwin’s Epic voyage and Women Gardeners in Wales. The Vestry, Capel Newydd, Crescent Road, Llandeilo. >More details
Wednesday 9 April
The AGT and Derbyshire Gardens Trust in conjuncion with The Garden History Society
Research and Recording Study Day
Melbourne Hall, Derbyshire
Celebrating George London 1640 to 1714, one half of a great gardening duo
>More details and booking form
>More details and booking form in pdf format
Wednesday 30 April
The Future of London’s Trees - exploring opportunities, overcoming barriers. The London Parks and Gardens Trust will be running a Tree Forum at the Garden Museum on April 30 2014 from 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm. >More details
Friday 16 May - 10.00am to 4.00pm
Yorkshire Gardens Trust Study Day
BRAMHAM PARK - Restoration of the Parterre Cascade
'The cascades are very pretty and the stone work admirably executed'. Bramham Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS23 6ND (just off the A1). This study day will focus on the recently completed restoration of the early C18 Parterre Cascade at Bramham (Grade 1, EH Register). Water is flowing again – indeed, probably flowing better than it has done for some 250 years! Speakers will include owner Nick Lane Fox and those directly responsible for the restoration work. A design for the parterre itself will be the next stage of the on-going restoration programme. >More details and booking form.
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 June 2014
OPEN GARDEN SQUARES WEEKEND
Tuesday 24 June 2014
Humanities Research Institute of the University of Buckingham & Compton Verney
Symposium – Capability Brown and the Georgian Landscape at Compton Verney >More details
Wednesday 1 October
Study Day - Hagley Hall, Worcestershire
Further details to follow
May 2014, 2 day seminar/workshop
Sept 2015, 3 day conference/symposium
Wilder by Design?
Managing landscape change and future ecologies.