South and Mid Glamorgan

South and Mid Glamorgan branch events 2017

South and Mid Glamorgan branch events 2017



Wednesday 13th September at 2.30pm


Visit  Penpont, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8EU 

This privately owned Grade I listed house has been home to the same family since it was first built in about 1666.  In 1992 Gavin and Davina Hogg, with their two sons, moved in and opened up the house and grounds for the first time in its history.

Magnificent in its grounds and on the banks of the River Usk, Penpont lies in the middle of a 2000 acre working rural estate. The house is the centre piece of a remarkable group of buildings spanning various periods, including a church, Dower house, stables, workshops, a dovecote on stilts and a 19 century conservatory.

The gardens are not open to the general public so we are privileged in being able to visit them.  They lie in the heart of the Brecon Beacons and are extensive, 45 acres, and include a wide range of habitats, from lawns to woodlands, ornamental to wild areas.  The adjacent landscape and garden is listed as Grade 2*.  The gardens are bisected by the River Usk which forms a natural divide from the south and north garden, and as it flows through it creates its own habitats of natural beauty.  They include the wonderful Green Man Maze and the Elephants Hedge.  The walled gardens are interesting, especially as they are well known for being a very 'green' destination

The visit includes a tour and afternoon tea

For more information see: http://www.penpont.com/page/gardens_and_grounds/

Booking form here


Tuesday 26th September at 6.30 pm in the Carriage House Hall at Insole Court, Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2LN


Talk by Marion Davies entitled 'Landscape and Character in Jane Austen's Novels'. 





"No, no ; stay where you are.  You are charmingly group'd, and appear to uncommon advantage.  The picturesque would be spoilt by admitting a fourth. Goodbye"".

The talk will look at how Darcy and Elizabeth are forever joined by their love of the picturesque, and how Jane Austen's knowledge of Humphry Repton influenced Mansfield Park. 

Marion will be assisted by Judith Hart.

We will be able to visit the Court after the talk (as seen on TV!).

Visitors welcome.

£10 per person for talk and glass of wine with the profit going to the Despenser Gardens Summerhouse restoration fund.

There is plenty of parking at Insole Court.

We need to know numbers by 20th September 2017.

 Booking form available here. 


Tuesday November 14th. 2017 at 10.30 am. in the Drawing Room, Insole Court, Fairwater Road, Llandaff, Cardiff, CF5 2LN

Talk by Rosie James on the Pettigrew family


We will meet in the Potting Shed café from 10.00am to gather and go into the house.

Rosie is Principal Landscape Officer at Cardiff County Council and will talk about the Pettigrew family.

The development of Cardiff's parks owes much to one family, Andrew Pettigrew and his three sons, William, Hugh and Andrew.  Many of the parks’ features in Bute Park, Sophia Gardens, Pontcanna Fields and Roath Park were created by the Pettigrews.

For more information please see http://www.cardiffparks.org.uk/pettigrew/index.shtml

£7 per person, to include a donation to Cardiff Parks Department.

Visitors welcome.

There is plenty of parking at Insole Court.

We need to know numbers by 7th. November 2017.

Booking form available here 

Please return booking forms and cheque to: Val Caple, Milestone, Penllyn, Cowbridge CF71 7RQ