Newsletters 2020

Autumn Update

At the Annual General Meeting held at the end of September, Bettina Kirkham (Chair) provided a short update of BGT’s activities this year so far. As many members were not able to participate in the Zoom AGM, these comments are reproduced below.

The year so far has been particularly difficult, frustrating and challenging. I have been very aware that we have not been able to offer a varied and interesting programme of visits this year. This was all the more frustrating as we had planned a detailed programme early and everything was in order back in February 2020. Very luckily, we have been able to arrange with our marvellous hosts to reconvene the programme for 2021. The dates and order of visits are well in hand and we will be able to share with you soon what we can look forward to (Covid-19 permitting) next year.

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The year so far has been particularly difficult, frustrating and challenging. I have been very aware that we have not been able to offer a varied and interesting programme of visits this year. This was all the more frustrating as we had planned a detailed programme early and everything was in order back in February 2020. Very luckily, we have been able to arrange with our marvellous hosts to reconvene the programme for 2021. The dates and order of visits are well in hand and we will be able to share with you soon what we can look forward to (Covid-19 permitting) next year.

Expanding the website: To help fill the gap in not being able to meet up and share gardens together, we have put our efforts into expanding the website. This has led to new articles on planning issues this year; new articles on research which has been undertaken; a link to the events and work of the Gardens Trust; the Spring Newsletter; and news items (which we are just developing) on which we would very much to like to hear from our Members.  

Our research work, mainly through the tireless efforts of Janet Fuller, has also expanded.  She has written two articles on Elcot Place and Hampstead Marshall and has been researching The Dell at Bucklebury Place in Upper Bucklebury. Sarah Dickinson from Surrey Gardens Trust has been in touch with us about the archive material on Gertrude Jekyll and we have just started to do more research on the 9 gardens with Gertrude Jekyll connections.  Our member, Sarah Randolph, has shared with us research that she had done on Lily Hill Park.  Our next focus will be on public parks of which we have 23.

Planning matters never go away but the first 3 months were quieter than usual.  We keep a register of all planning cases from 2010 on if any member is interested.  From April the main responses have been on the Reading Tree and Bio-diversity Strategies; the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s Local Plan; and Sandleford Park at Newbury and activity at Park Place at Remenham. The planning team comprises myself, Charles Elly, Helen Parvin with Fiona Hope’s assistance. Do contact anyone of us if you have a planning concern regarding either one of our Registered Parks and Gardens or a locally notable one.

The Gardens Trust have been working tirelessly on keeping the membership informed and send us regular updates on virtual events, advice and new initiatives. Fiona Hope is our main contact here, also passing on events of interest from other County Trusts and local groups. Do contact her if you would like to know more.

The Berkshire Gardens Trust Spring 2020 Newsletter is available.
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