Spring Lecture:
Friday 6th March 2020
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The Gardens and Park at Ashridge:
their Evolution and Continued Development.
Mick Thompson MA

Our Spring Lecture this year was given by Mick Thompson, Gardens Manager at Ashridge Business School. Mick has an MA in Garden History and is currently pursuing a PhD on the subject of Humphry Repton and the Architects. He also spoke at the 2018 national Repton and Horticulture Conference in Sheffield about Repton’s development of the Flower Garden. 

Mick spoke very knowledgeably and passionately about the gardens and park for which he is responsible. He included several comments and anecdotes about the personalities, challenges and developments at Ashridge over the centuries including the relationship with the National Trust, which administers the majority of the wider estate’s woodland with public access and references to the recent change in formal ownership of the estate.

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