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Llanllyr Open Day

Llanllyr Open Day

NAtional Botanic Garden of Wales


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. 
If you would like to take part please email HollyMae - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Little Sparta

Little Sparta

Gala opening of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden in North Lanarkshire, Scotland on Saturday 8th August 2015 from 11-3pm.

Little Sparta Trust in partnership with the Garden History Society & AGT are hosting this special fund raising event.

There will be a visual history of the making of the garden, a film extract with Ian, poetry readings and music as well as tours with the head gardener George Gilliland.
Refreshments will also be available alongside art and plant souvenirs to buy.

A bus will be available to take visitors from Central Edinburgh to the venue. Tickets can be booked directly: https://littlespartagardenparty2013.eventbrite.co.uk/ or through the website http://www.littlesparta.org.uk/ from 1 March 2015.

Entrance £25 With return bus £35.
For further details contact Laura on 07826 495677

Little Sparta

Image from Little Sparta Trust


Visit to Yorkshire Gardens 7-9th July 2015

Yorkshire Garden Visit 7-9th July

 Harewood - Copyright R J McNaughton

 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:
Tel: 01766 780187 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Research and Recording Study Day

The Association of Gardens Trusts and Dorset Gardens Trust in conjunction with The Garden History Society

Research and Recording Study Day

St Giles

shell grotto

St. Giles House
Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5NA (by kind permission of The Earl of Shaftesbury)
Wednesday, 6th May - 9.45am to 4.30pm - £65

Further details and booking form can be found here

Since 1672 St Giles’s House has been the principal seat of the Earls of Shaftesbury. Several key historic features may be observed throughout the garden and park - many of these being illustrative of the cultural life and political ambitions of the Ashley Coopers, the remarkable Dorset family inhabiting this site since at least the 13th century. Among notable features are the early 17th century Riding House and Deere Court (now Kitchen Garden), the mid-17th century ‘Great Avenue’, the early 18th century ‘Gazebo’ in the Deer Park, the mid-18th century Pleasure Grounds (with ‘Serpentine Lake’, ‘Shell Grotto’, ‘Castellated Arch and Towers’ and ‘Rustic Cave’), and the early 20th century ‘Sunk Garden’.

Previously derelict, St Giles’s House and several extant park features have recently undergone extensive repairs and re-instatement. This programme of works has been guided by comprehensive research and archaeological investigation, carried out in collaboration with English Heritage and the Shaftesbury Estate. The Study Day will combine a talk and walking tour with a focus on the historical development of the site as well as an opportunity to discuss the more recent restorative scheme.


Bishop's Park, Abergwili, Carmarthenshire

Bishop's Park, Abergwili, Carmarthenshire

The 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 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.