Zoom Lecture Season

Following quiet months enforced by lockdown, CGT is delighted to offer members and guests an opportunity to hear a series of excellent talks covering an eclectic mix of topics. These will be streamed live on-line using Zoom and further details will be posted on the website to explain how you can connect to the video link from the comfort and bio-security of your own home. A brief calendar of talks follows below with links (where active) to further information on each lecture. We hope you will join us for these lectures, for which there is no charge, and that you will find them stimulating and enjoyable.

16 September 2020
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Sue Stuart-SmithGardening for the mind
15 October 2020
Tom WilliamsonRepton
7 November 2020
(Time to be confirmed)
Beverley GloverBotanic Garden and more
(Date & time to be confirmed)
Gillian HovellRoman garden design: how it changed gardens forever and impacts modern garden design

Euston Hall Visit Confirmed

Image of Euston Hall gardens courtesy of Euston Hall website.

We’re delighted to confirm that bookings are available for a self-guided visit to Euston Hall, Thetford, Suffolk IP24 2QH on Tuesday 25 August. The Palladian house and tearoom are closed but picnics are welcome in the landscaped gardens, ancient broadleaf woodland and pleasure grounds, laid out by John Evelyn and extended by William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown. Meet (with social distancing) at any time between 11:00am and 2:00pm for a self-guided tour of the grounds. Members and guests £8; proceeds to benefit local charities. Booking deadline: Monday 17 August. Please click on the Programme page for details on how to make a booking. We hope to see you there!

ZOOM Talk: Sue Stuart-Smith

Wednesday 16 September 2020 7:30pm-8:30pm
Zoom joining details will be posted nearer the time.

Title Gardening for the Mind

Abstract Combining contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and compelling real-life stories, Sue Stuart-Smith will explain the remarkable effects that nature can have on our health and wellbeing and how vital gardening can be, both as an escape for the brain and to help our minds through movement as well as thought.

Our Speaker Sue Stuart-Smith is a psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author of The Well Gardened Mind, a Sunday Times bestseller. She studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge before qualifying as a doctor and working in the National Health Service for many years, becoming the lead clinician for psychotherapy in Hertfordshire. She currently teaches at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London and is a consultant at DocHealth, a not for profit, psychotherapeutic consultation service for doctors. She is married to Tom Stuart-Smith, the celebrated garden designer, and, over thirty years together, they have created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire.

Study Day 2020

The new garden at Schlumberger Cambridge, with the Michael Hopkins building behind.

Saturday 7 March 2020, at Hemingford Abbots Village Hall, 10:00am-4:00pm (Event now closed)

How Green Was My City

Our theme, paraphrasing Richard Llewellyn, examines the role, effectiveness and sustainability of green ‘lungs’ in an urban context. We are sure you will enjoy lively discussion with our eminent speakers and relax over a hearty lunch with speakers, members and guests. Full details may be downloaded by clicking here.


Dr Twigs Way

Dr David Brown
Prof Nigel Dunnett

Prof Sir Roderick Floud

Dr Simon Bittleston and
Bridget Flanagan

Who that has reason, and his smell;
Would not among roses and jasmine dwell?
Making place: Vision Park and elsewhere
Going beyond the garden: low-input,
high-impact urban landscapes
Palaces, parks, cemeteries and villas:
the cost of urban gardens
Case study: a new garden for Schlumberger

Members £25, Non-members £30, to include coffee and 2-course lunch

To register, please send a cheque payable to Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust to: Alan Brown, Foxhollow, 239 High Street, Offord Cluny, St. Neots PE19 5RT. Tel.: 01480 811947. E-mail: fox.239@btinternet.com. Or pay by BACS to Cambs. Gardens Trust,
sort code 20-29-68, a/c 30347639, quoting your name as reference, and email or telephone Alan to say you have paid by BACS.

Margaret Helme Legacy

We are sadly missing one of our longest-standing members since Margaret Helme passed away in June 2018, a well liked member and a firm CGT supporter. Charles Malyon recalls that Margaret ‘was a very generous, loyal, warm-hearted and supportive member of our Trust. A regular at so many visits, when good friendships have been made over these past 20 years, her absence always produced the question, “Where’s Margaret?” Regular attenders at our visits will miss the presence of such a cheerful, good-humoured and much-loved member.’ Margaret very generously left a legacy to the CGT and after a period of consultation and discussion, the Council of Management has decided to use the legacy to found an annual memorial lecture in her name; watch out for further news.

Christmas Lecture 2019

The cover of Kate Felus’ book, depicting the Secret Life of the Georgian Garden
Recommended parking for CGT Christmas Lecture is in Madingley Park and Ride, a 5-minute walk from Storey’s Field Centre.

Tuesday 3 December 2019 from 10:30am-12:30pm (Event now closed)

The Secret Life of the Georgian Garden

The CGT Christmas Lecture for 2019 will be given by Dr Kate Felus. Dr Felus is a garden historian and historic landscape consultant. She researches designed landscapes of all periods, but specialises particularly in 18th and early 19th century parks and gardens.

The lecture is at Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington Avenue, Cambridge CB3 1AA.
Recommended parking is in the Madingley Park & Ride, which is a 5-minute walk from Storey’s Field Centre. Click here to download a flyer with full details.
Entry £12.50 members, £15 guests, to include coffee and seasonal refreshments.

To register, please send a cheque payable to Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust to: Alan Brown, Foxhollow, 239 High Street, Offord Cluny, St. Neots PE19 5RT. Tel.: 01480 811947. E-mail: fox.239@btinternet.com. Or pay by BACS to Cambs. Gardens Trust,
sort code 20-29-68, a/c 30347639, quoting your name as reference, and email or telephone Alan to say you have paid by BACS.

New CGT Chair

Liz Whittle on a Gardens Trust tour of Sicily

Saturday 16 November 2019

The 2019 CGT AGM was held in Fen Drayton Village Hall, where over 40 members gathered to enjoy an excellent talk by Terry Brignall on the wit and wisdom of Beverley Nichols, followed by a wonderful lunch. At the AGM Dr Twigs Way announced that she has decided to step down after a dynamic three years in the hot seat as CGT Chair. Twigs nominated Elizabeth (Liz) Whittle as her successor and Liz, pictured above, was duly confirmed in post in a unanimous vote by members.

Liz writes:
I am a garden historian, with a particular interest in the Tudor and Jacobean periods. My association with Cambridgeshire began a long time ago, when I was an undergraduate at Newnham College. I am now settled in the county, living in Wilburton. For many (nearly 30!) years I was the Inspector of Historic Parks and Gardens for Wales and latterly President (now Council member) of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust. My long involvement with Welsh historic parks and gardens also led to a book about them (The Historic Gardens of Wales). I am currently on the conservation committee of the Gardens Trust (and was formerly its chairman) and am a trustee of the National Botanic Garden of Wales and of Hobson’s Conduit Trust in Cambridge.

Members will remember the excellent Newsletter articles by Liz on the Cambridge water supplies in general and Hobson’s Conduit in particular. A vote of thanks to Twigs, for her outstanding service to CGT, was proposed from the floor by Bridget Flanagan and carried by popular acclaim.

Volunteer of the Year

Judith Christie displays her Gardens Trust Volunteer of the Year award.

7 September 2019

The Gardens Trust has recently instituted a ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award, named after Gilly Drummond, who has done so much herself for garden history and who played a key role in launching Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust. This year, the award went to two volunteers: Juliet Wilmot of Wiltshire GT and Judith Christie (above) of CGT. The results were announced at the Gardens Trust AGM on 7 September 2019. Many congratulations to Judith, who said at the CGT AGM that this award was really for the excellent team that she has enjoyed working with and that she hoped the real benefit would be in improved recognition for CGT as a whole.

Kirtling Picnic in the Pews

Twigs Way and Phil Christie at Kirtling Church for Lord Fairhaven celebration

Tuesday 18 June 2019

As it happened, the rain came for our summer event at Kirtling Tower but, with true Dunkirk spirit, we made a tactical retreat for a wonderful picnic in the pews of Kirtling All Saints’ church. With memorable speeches from CGT chair, Twigs Way, and Gardens Trust Life Vice-President, Gilly Drummond, we celebrated Lord Fairhaven’s 25 years of support for CGT, rounded off with some scrumptious cake and a choice of Prosecco or a non-alcoholic Summer Punch. Lord Fairhaven was presented with a disease-resistant Ulmus x ‘Regal’ and gave a gracious acceptance speech. More in the next Newsletter!

We are pleased to acknowledge support from Bidwells for this event.