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Covid-19 Policy

The Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust (CGT) Council of Management is concerned by the continuing presence of Corona virus in the UK and offers its heartfelt sympathy to anyone directly or indirectly affected by Covid-19.

CGT is committed to complying with the policy announcements of the UK Government and Public Health England as published and updated from time to time at these links and through national media. Following the most recent guidance as of 4 July 2020, we are reviewing each event with a view to cancellation or suspension. Details of the situation for each event can be found below. The Trust continues to monitor the situation and we will update this policy in light of changing guidance. CGT members and guests are invited to review government and PHE advice and to consider whether participation in a given event is appropriate for them. 

Should an event be cancelled either by the host organisation or by CGT as a result of official advice, we will refund all pre-paid bookings.

Programme of Visits & Events 2020

Some events outlined below are not yet finalized but the website will be updated with the latest information.
Full details will be published on the CGT website and circulated to members by email and post.

Wednesday 16 September 2020
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
Members may contact
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Zoom lecture: Dr Sue Stuart-Smith will present ‘Gardening for the Mind’. Combining contemporary neuroscience, psychoanalysis and compelling real-life stories, Sue 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. Sue currently teaches at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London and, with husband Tom, has created the wonderful Barn Garden in Hertfordshire.

Wednesday 30 September 2020
11:00am for 11:30am start
Visit to The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, Essex CM17 0NA. Created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, master-planner of Harlow New Town, between 1957 and 1984. Streams, pools, glades, lime avenue, wild garden, moated castle – fulfilling his ambition to create a work of art. Meet from 11:00am for an introductory talk at 11:30am. Members £5, guests £6. Picnics welcome; teas/ coffees available but consumed outside. Please book by Friday 25 September. For those interested, the Henry Moore Studios and Gardens are 8.3 miles away at Perry Green, Much Hadham SG10 6EE.

Thursday 15 October 2020
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Joining details will follow by email
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Zoom lecture: Prof. Tom Williamson will present the inaugural Margaret Helme Memorial Lecture using material from his new book on Repton, one of England’s most prolific landscape designers. Renowned for his innovative work and distinctive ‘before and after’ images, captured in his famous ‘Red Books’, Repton’s astonishing career forms the link between the simple parklands of his predecessor ‘Capability’ Brown and the more elaborate, structured and formal landscapes of the Victorian age. Drawing on a wealth of new research, Tom reinterprets Repton’s life, working methods and designs, and why they were so popular in a rapidly changing world.

Saturday 7 November 2020
12:00noon – 1:00pm
(following AGM starting at 11:30am)
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Zoom lecture: Prof. Beverley Glover, Director of the University Botanic Garden and a CGT Patron, will present the guest lecture during the Annual General Meeting. Beverley’s main interest is the evolution and development of floral features that attract pollinators. Her research integrates molecular genetics to under­stand floral development with functional analyses using bumblebees and other pollinators, and carried out with regard to the phylogenetic context. Her group’s work on these topics is underpinned by the CUBG collection.

Thursday 10 December 2020
11:00am – 12:00noon
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Zoom Christmas lecture: Gillian Hovell graduated in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter and spent several years at the BBC in a wide variety of programmes. She then moved to North Yorkshire where practising and communicating archaeology became her new career. Her persona as the ‘Muddy Archaeologist’ sums up her hands-on enthusiasm for the subject and her zest in presenting it. In our Christmas Lecture she explores what Romans did in their gardens, what they did for British horticulture and their impact on modern garden design.

Social evening at The Manor, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon PE28 9BN. House built 1130’s. Gardens with moat, topiary, old roses, award-wining irises, herbaceous borders. Bring your friends and a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. Optional tour of house (numbers limited) at extra cost. We hope to rearrange this event for June 2021.

Visit to Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DF. Herbaceous borders, sunken rose garden, woodland nutwalk, knot garden, wildflower garden. Meet in the Iris Cafe of the college at 11:00am for own selection of tea/coffee etc, ready for a guided tour of the gardens by the Head Gardener at 11.30am. Further details to follow.

Visit to Moggerhanger Park, Park Road, Moggerhanger, Bedford MK44 3RW. Tour of Soane house and of 33 acres of parkland and woodland, originally landscaped by Repton and extensively restored, with Head Gardener Tim Kirk. Details to follow.

Tickets from / register with: Alan Brown, Foxhollow, 239 High Street, Offord Cluny, St. Neots PE19 5RT. Tel.: 01480 811947. E-mail:
Please make cheques payable to Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust.
Bookings may also be paid by BACS to Cambs. Gardens Trust (sort code 20-29-68, account number 30347639) using your name as reference; please confirm payment by phone or email to Alan.
To avoid disappointment (some venues limit numbers), please book at least 2 weeks before the visit. Should you need to cancel a booking, please advise Alan as early as possible.

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