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cottage gardens study day

WHGT Gwynedd branch are holding a study day on


 Saturday 29th October at the Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge

10.30am Coffee or tea on arrival

11.00am The History of Cottage Garden
Talk by Sue Griffith, Chairman of the North Wales Branch
of the Cottage Garden Society

How the cottage gardens of the past have a lasting influence

12.00  Creating a Cottage Garden
Kate Mortimer will tell us about her garden and smallholding near Holyhead

 1.00pm Finger Buffet Lunch

2.00pm Beaumaris Allotments
Christine Newsham will talk about the plots, followed by a visit to see gardens there planted in the cottage garden style.

£20.00 per person includes coffee, lunch and the lectures. booking form here
Please return the form to Christine Newsham, Tan Y Coed, Llanfaes. Beaumaris, Anglesey, LL58 8RF by Friday 21st October.

The Victoria Hotel is in Telford Road, Menai Bridge. LL59 5DR.
Drive right round the roundabout on the Anglesey side of the Telford Bridge, The hotel is on the right before you reach the High Street. There is ample parking.




Meeting at Picton Castle Sept 9th

Revival of the Pembrokeshire branch

Meeting Friday Sept 9
Picton Castle at 6.00 pm

You are invited to a meeting to re-establish the Pembrokeshire branch.


WHGT Small Grants Scheme 2016

 Welsh Historic Gardens Trust  Small Grants Scheme

This scheme is now being run for the third year.

This scheme is to support historic parks and gardens throughout Wales involved with small conservation projects, site surveys, and projects which promote public access, interest and enjoyment.

Apply for a grant

WHGT will award the first grants of up to £500 in November 2016

For Application form : click here

Terms and Conditions: click here

Applications must be submitted by 31 October. Successful applications will be made public by the end of 2016


Can you help to make the WHGT Small Grants Scheme Great?

Please donate generously so that this scheme can be sustainable to support the conservation of Welsh gardens.

Cheques may also be sent to: WHGT Small Grants Scheme,
Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire. SA32 8QH 

To make your donation go further please consider a gift aid declaration.


discover the work of William Emes

William Emes 1729/30-1803

Discover the 18th century landscape designer and his work in Wales, the North West and the Midlands
Saturday 1st October at Chirk Castle
10.00 - 4.00
Speaker Prue Keely Davies
Prue recently wrote a dissertation on Emes for her MA in Garden History
Special roof access for an aerial view
Exhibition of Emes drawings and plans
Afternoon walk through the garden to the Emes ‘Seat of Retreat’

See booking details here

Ice Houses of Wales

Ice Houses of Wales

 The Ice House at Mostyn

Can you help?
Can you contribute to The Welsh Ice-house Gazetteer


a) check the accuracy of ice-house observations and the locations – are the descriptions and the map grid references correct?
b) Add any other examples, existing or to be found only on old maps, whether Ordnance Survey maps or estate maps and documents?
c) Can anyone remember an ice-house in use?

For New entries please complete the online form or send  the following details:

1.Name, civil community/parish, and National Grid Reference
2.Relation to and distance from house and possible source of ice (eg. 300m. NE of house by pond)
3.External appearance (eg. built into bank, earth-covered mound)
4.Internal appearance (eg. passage, doors, building materials, form and dimensions of ice-chamber, any drainage arrangements)
6.Any published references (eg. article, old OS map)
7.Name and address/contact details of recorder

Updated entries again use the online form or send the details
1.Name and location as above
2.Any information to be updated (eg. more detail, better description, change in condition, etc)
3.Name and address/contact details of recorder
Please, remember that most ice-houses are on private land, and many are extremely dangerous to examine. If the ice-house is not in your ownership, please ensure that you have permission to visit, that somebody knows you are going to do so, and preferably be accompanied.
Information can be sent to

Dr Eurwyn Wiliam
42 St Fagans Drive
St Fagans
Cardiff CF5 6EF.