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Brompton Cemetery and the Garden Museum

4 October 2017


Inspired by the Spring Lecture, BGT members and their guests enjoyed a guided tour by Andy Williams, Royal Parks Manager, of Brompton Cemetery, one of the designed landscapes described in the Trust’s Spring Lecture in March 2017.

We also visited the newly re-designed Garden Museum in Lambeth, which began with an introduction by Christopher Woodward, Director of the Museum.

Autumn Lecture October 2017 by Richard Bisgrove


The Trust’s Autumn Lecture 2017 was given by Richard Bisgrove, author and retired Course Director in Landscape Management at Reading University, on the subject of ‘William Robinson: the Wild Gardener’. It took place at Grazeley Village Hall.

Guided Tour of Harcourt Arboretum

30th May 2017

Timothy Walker, the former Director of Oxford Botanic Garden and of Harcourt Arboretum gave our Autumn 2016 Lecture on the subject of Harcourt Arboretum. Suitably enthused we visited the following spring.

We were given a guided tour of the Arboretum by the Curator, seeing the massive redwoods and the rhododendrons at their best.  The walks provided spacious vistas through the woodland.

As we returned our past Chairman, Christina Hill-Williams and other members of the party were startled by the noise of a falling tree.  Luckily no injury was caused!


The Arboretum is open to visitors most days and a visit gives one a sense of the grandeur perceived by our ancestors, yet also the intimacy of losing oneself in the glades.

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Spring Lecture 2017 by Andy Williams


The Trust’s Spring Lecture 2017 was given by Andy Williams, the Park Manager of Kensington Gardens, one of the Royal Parks, and Brompton Cemetery, which is Government owned and administered by the Royal Parks. The lecture focussed on the two Parks under his management, Kensington Gardens and the Brompton Cemetery. 

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