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Llanllyr Open Day
NAtional Botanic Garden of Wales
**VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY**Get involved at the National Botanic Garden of Wales this summer.
From 20th July until the end of September Dyfed Archaeological Trust will be working with the National Botanic Garden of Wales to explore what remains of the Regency period water park created by William Paxton in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Anyone who volunteers for a week or more has the chance to gain accreditation in the form of the BAJR Skills Passport.
Gala opening of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden in North Lanarkshire, Scotland on Saturday 8th August 2015 from 11-3pm.
Image from Little Sparta Trust
Visit to Yorkshire Gardens 7-9th July 2015
Yorkshire Garden Visit 7-9th July
Image of Harewood © Copyright R J McNaughton
Olive Horsfall and the Gwynedd branch have arranged a visit to some Yorkshire Gardens with a 2 night stay in Harrogate.
Please see further details and booking form here.
Contact Olive for further details:
Research and Recording Study Day
The Association of Gardens Trusts and Dorset Gardens Trust in conjunction with The Garden History Society
Bishop's Park, Abergwili, Carmarthenshire
Bishop's Park, Abergwili, CarmarthenshireThe Bishop’s Park at Abergwili combines nationally important cultural, historic and ecological features that, despite statutory designations, are deteriorating for lack of integrated management and conservation. Even the County Museum (the former Palace) at its heart, is not immune.
However this is about to change because Carmarthenshire County Council envisions it becoming “a park and museum for all” and the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust is helping with its realisation. In this 'Garden of Wales' the Tywi Gateway will be an all-year destination with reinvigorated pleasure grounds, kitchen garden, a flood-plain meadow and ox-bow lake, complete with a secret island. With the Museum it will celebrate the beauty and history of the Tywi valley and the spiritual and academic heritage of Abergwili.
Above all the degree to which local people are engaged with the park and its heritage will be the measure of the project’s success.
The importance of the Bishop’s Park to the heritage of Wales has now been recognised by the award by the Heritage Lottery Fund of a grant of £136,300 that will enable the Trust and County Council to develop the project to the point that it could qualify for a further grant to deliver the vision outlined above.
Judith Holland of the Trust says, “We have long been concerned at the decline of this gem of a park that’s so important to the Tywi Valley heritage, as well as to local people today. This grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to the Trust therefore marks the first big step in revitalising Bishop Park”.
Save Kew Gardens Funding
Save Kew Gardens fundingKew 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.
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.