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Save Kew Gardens Funding

Save Kew Gardens funding
Kew Gardens, established more than 200 years ago is the largest oldest and biggest repository of plants  and plant research in the world. There is an international campaign demanding that the £5m budget cut should be restored. Kew maintains the world's premier plant and fungal collections, including 30,000 living plants, one billion seeds and the DNA of 20% of the world's plant species. Kew is important for international plant conservation and part of our heritage.

The Government's and Defra's irresponsible action in cutting its grant aid threatens the jobs of 125 professional staff members, its work and reputation. It is a national scandal that this hugely important centre of scientific and environmental excellence should face outrageous cuts and exposure to commercial interests. In June a petition signed by 100,000 was presented to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street by Tory MP Zac Goldsmith whose constituency covers Kew.

On 3 September 2014, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced a reversal of the 2014 £5m cuts to Kew’s operating budget. However, this welcome move will not reverse the damage of five years successive reductions to Kew’s operational funding.
On 11 November the Commons Parliamentary Select Committee on Science and Technology announced a one-off evidence session addressing announcements made by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew regarding its handling of a £5m “budget gap An “evidence session” is used to inform and advise Parliament.

The campaign continues: The Committee state that they are happy to receive correspondence by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please write to the Committee, and present your evidence on Kew's National and International impact on: research, education and advice, plant-related services, caring for world-renowned scientific collections which people can study and providing a resource that the public can learn from and enjoy.

Please sign and share the petition at http://bit.ly/save_kew. Its not too late!

You can also write to your MP to express your concern.
Please encourage them to support our demand to reverse and prevent further cuts to Kew’s funding and ask them to support Early Day Motion 117.

and Mountain Flowers of the World by Roger Smith

Brecon and Radnor branch Winter Lecture Thurs 11th December

Mountain Flowers of the World by Roger Smith

Coffee 2.00pm, Lecture 2.30, Tea after lecture

Gliffaes Hotel

Tickets £20
Contact Maldwyn Rees for further details and booking
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"Collecting Hardy Plants in the Mountains of North Vietnam"

Clwyd Branch Lecture November 26th
Theatr Twm o'r Nant Station Road Denbigh LL16 3DA
Collecting Hardy Plants in the Mountains of North Vietnam
Speaker Plant Hunter  Bleddyn  Wynn-Jones of Crûg Farm

Doors open 6.30 for Book Sale,  Mulled Wine and mince pies.
Lecture 7.30  

Admission £6

Hope to see you there!

The book sale will be in support of the WHGT 25th Anniversary Small Grants Scheme.
Anyone who can contribute books relating to garden matters, landscape, garden history, plants etc please let me know and we can organise collection prior to this event.
If anyone can help with this please get in touch.




Llannerch Park

Llannerch Park near St Asaph

Llannerch had an amazing baroque garden in the 1660s created by Mutton Davies, as shown in the early prospect painting below. This painting is in a private collection. A smaller version is now in the Yale Centre for British Art. This picture should be saved for the Nation by the National Museum of Wales.
Please help and send a mail in support for this acquisition to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Llannerch Park


Amazing landscapes in Wales NBGW

Amazing landscapes in Wales
National Botanic Garden of Wales

Thomas Horner Landscape
Thomas Horner LandscapeThomas Horner Landscape 

It has long been known that the National Botanic Garden of Wales occupies what was once one of the finest Regency landscapes and water parks in Britain but what is less known is that a remarkable record of its beauty was created 200 years ago.

A rare and valuable collection of paintings is paying a fleeting visit to its original home in south West Wales.

The paintings, thought lost for ever when they were stolen in the 1960s, are today in the hands of the descendants of Sir William Paxton, the empire nabob, businessman and politician who established his country retreat on the estate that went on to become the first national botanic garden of the new millennium.

Paxton commissioned Thomas Hornor to paint the scenes in 1814 to commemorate the beautiful parkland he had created.

Today, Hornor is almost forgotten but, in the early 19th century, he was a sensation, one of the foremost landscape watercolourists of his generation who famously developed a technique for reproducing accurate topographical representations of the scenes he painted.

Seven of Hornor’s original fourteen paintings survive and they are a unique record of the vision that Paxton realised.

Garden Director, Rosie Plummer, taking delivery of the paintings commented: “We are delighted to have the pictures back here for the first time in nigh on 200 years and are immensely grateful to the Paxton family for their generous loan and permission to reproduce them.

“Not only are they fine and decorative in their own right but they will also be the blueprint for what will be the largest landscape restoration project in Wales.

“The vistas that Paxton created all those years ago are fundamentally unchanged but lost to view beneath two centuries of growth. The largest of the lakes he created was drained in the 1930s but is capable of being restored to its former glory and used, as it was then, for the benefit and pleasure of visitors to the estate.

“This represents another step for us along the road to fulfilling one of the original aims of the Garden’s early supporters. Hornor’s paintings will help us recreate the original planting regimes, even down to identifying varieties and species of plants, reinstate the impressive dams, falls and cascades and the images, once they’re professionally photographed, will be put on display for all to see.”

* High resolution versions of all seven of the Hornor paintings are available

* Imagery reproduced with the kind permission of the Grant family



Capability Brown


The AGT are delighted to announce that the CB300 site Celebrating 300 years of Capability Brown’s stunning landscape designs has now gone live at:

www.capabilitybrown.org, click on the link to explore the site and to quote them, Discover, Learn and Enjoy.


Giving to Heritage

Giving to Heritage Survey

The Heritage Alliance is currently developing a £500,000 HLF funded fundraising programme for the independent heritage sector: Giving to Heritage. This is a once in a generation opportunity to equip heritage enthusiasts with the skills and know-how to improve our fundraising capability and diversify our incomes for a more secure future.
To make sure the programme delivers what the sector needs we need to know more about what people want. We set out in our first round bid our general approach but now we want the views of as many people as possible from organisations large and small working across the range of heritage interests to refine this further.  
To capture that information we've put together a straightforward 5 minute survey, which you can access immediately by clicking on the link below:
Please take a few minutes to fill it in yourself, and just as importantly, please forward it throughout your networks and e-bulletin so we get the maximum input and optimum end result for our various constituencies. The deadline for responses is the end of August.
Thank you. And of course please let me, or Gail Caig our new Giving to Heritage Development Officer, have any queries.
With all best wishes

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Kate Pugh
Chief Executive
The Heritage Alliance
Clutha House 10 Storeys Gate
Westminster London SW1P 3AY
DD: 0207 2330 800
Giving to Heritage background:
The project has been developed by The Heritage Alliance, in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising, in response to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s 10 Point Philanthropy Plan. It has successfully secured first round funding under the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst programme. It is now in development phase, working to submit a second round submission to the HLF by the 30th September.
Giving to Heritage intends to deliver over 8,500 training opportunities to heritage enthusiasts working with:
·        The Historic Environment,
·        Museums Libraries and Archives,
·        Historic Landscapes,
·        Industrial, Transport and Maritime and
·        Intangible Heritage such as oral histories.
The training will be rolled out regionally, over 2014-15, by the Institute of Fundraising’s network of professional trainers supported by heritage experts. It will be delivered through training workshops, advice surgeries, peer to peer learning, mentoring and online tools.
It will cover a range of topics including:
developing fundraising leadership,
fundraising strategy,
major donors,
community giving,
corporate partnerships,
trusts and foundations,
measuring success,
full cost recovery,
using digital and social media and
audience analysis and marketing.
Information on the Giving to Heritage project can also be found on The Heritage Alliance website at:
The Alliance's comment on the plans for English Heritage following the Spending Review   
Twitter: @Heritage_NGOs
The Heritage Alliance is a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales no 4577804 and registered charity no 1094793.


Inspirational Horticulturists – Rooted in Wales

Inspirational Horticulturists – Rooted in Wales
at NBGW  room 3 of the Apothecary's Hall

A new exhibition curated by our National Botanic Garden of Wales Library volunteers and designed by students from Coleg Sir Gar.


This exhibition is a snapshot of horticulturists and garden-makers, past and present, rooted in Wales, whose work is seen as making a significant contribution towards garden-making within the UK and beyond. We hope it will be a catalyst for developments in gardening in Wales in the 21st century – to bring together preservation with development,  food production with leisure and therapy activities and the spreading of knowledge and practice from the gardeners of yesterday, through the gardeners of today to the gardeners of tomorrow.


We see these gardeners as an initial selection from the many whose horticultural knowledge and enthusiasm through the ages has reached out to a wider audience through their writings in books and journals, their public lectures, through private visitors and by opening their gardens or creating gardens for the public at large.  They represent a cross section by time, location, speciality and gender.

Historic, by date

  1. Sir Edward Stradling – St Donat’s Castle, Glamorgan, 1529-1609
  2. Sir Thomas Hanmer – Bettisfield, Flintshire, 1612-1678
  3. Ladies of Llangollen – Plas Newydd, Llangollen (Sarah Ponsonby 1755-1831 & Eleanor Butler 1739-1829)
  4. Thomas Mawson – Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff, 1861-1933
  5. William Pettigrew – Roath Park & Cathays Park amongst others, Cardiff, 1867-1947
  6. Arthur Tysilio Johnson – Bulkeley Mill, Caernarfonshire, 1873-1956

Living, alphabetical

  1. Loveday Gee – Llanllyr, Talsarn, Ceredigion
  2. Charles Hawes and Anne Wareham – The Veddw, Gwent
  3. Tony Ridler – Cockett, Swansea
  4. Ivor Stokes – National Botanic Garden of Wales and public parks
  5. Medwyn Williams – Llanor,  Llanfairpwll, Anglesey
  6. Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones – Crûg Farm, Caernarfonshire

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