Outreach and Education

Small Grants Scheme

School project at Wimpole Hall folly

From 2010 to 2015 CGT funded a five-year outreach programme to raise public awareness of Cambridgeshire’s green spaces. Our most successful activities involved providing small grants for schools and other institutions to develop projects that aligned with the Trust’s aims.

Now, we are delighted to announce a new Small Grants Scheme whereby groups, charities and individuals may apply for grants of up to £500 to support, in whole or in part, projects within Cambridgeshire that meet the Trust’s aims (see below). These broadly could be for park and garden works, community benefit, education or research.

The scheme is effective immediately, will last for 5 years, and will have two calls for applications per year with closing dates at the end of June and December. Evaluations will be coordinated by CGT Chair, Liz Whittle, and applicants will receive decisions by the end of the month following closure of each call.

Further details on funding eligibility, guidance for applicants and an application form can be found by downloading these two documents:
SGS Notes For Applicants
SGS Application Form
When completed, the application form can be submitted, at any time, as an email attachment to admin@cambridgeshiregardenstrust.org.uk.

The Small Grants Scheme is funded initially by a budget of £5,000 from the Trust’s reserves and we expect it to be sustained through surpluses from event charging, fund-raising and donations. If you would like to get involved, or have a project that you think would benefit from our help, or if you would like to make a donation to support the programme, please contact us at admin@cambridgeshiregardenstrust.org.uk

Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust Aims:
– to promote the education of the public on matters of the history of garden land;
– to conserve, enhance and re-create for the education and enjoyment of the public, garden land that may exist or have existed in Cambridgeshire and the unitary authority of Peterborough.

Garden History Course

An Introduction to Garden History – Alison Moller

We are delighted to offer a Garden History course with CGT member Alison Moller as our course tutor. Alison has an MA in Garden and Landscape History from the Institute of Historical Research. She is a very experienced lecturer and has given similar, highly acclaimed courses already to Essex and Hertfordshire GTs.  

Alison is offering an introductory course comprising:
 – Introduction to sources and methodology;      
– Gardens from earliest times to Saxon;      
– Norman Conquest to Tudor era;      
– Stuarts;      
– Georgian;      
– Victorian and Edwardian;      
– Modern era.  

Session structure
6 x 2 hour sessions comprising 2×45 mins of activity with a 30 min break for coffee, biscuits etc. There are notes and book lists provided for each lecture but no homework, essays or assessment. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and practical tasks at each class; e.g. exercises using LIDAR, comparing original sources, bank accounts, etc. 

Numbers and eligibility
We are aiming for 15 to 25 participants, with some flexibility in numbers, open to both CGT members and guests. 

Cost and availability
CGT members: £8.00 per session with all six sessions for £40.00.
Non-member guests are welcome at £13 per session or £72 for all six. (The sharp-eyed will note that it is cost-effective to become a member and then apply for the sessions!) 
For latest information on place availability, please contact admin.

Sessions are on Thursday afternoons starting promptly at 1.45pm to 3.45pm:
– 9th & 16th September at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall (parking on site or on street)
– 14th & 21st October at Fen Drayton Village Hall
– 4th & 11th November at Fen Drayton Village Hall

Please note that Sessions 1 and 2 will be at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall, PE28 9AH. Sessions 3 to 6 inclusive will at Fen Drayton Village Hall, Cootes Lane, Fen Drayton CB24 4SL.