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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

Several visits outlined below are not yet finalized.
Full details will be published on the CGT website and circulated to members by email and post.

Tuesday 21 April 2020
Pre-paid bookings will be refunded.
Visit to St Paul’s Walden Bury, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 8BP, home of the Queen Mother. Meet at 11:00am for tea/coffee/biscuits before a guided tour of the house. An introductory talk of the grade I 18C gardens followed by self-exploration of the formal woodland gardens, long avenues, temples, statues, ponds and seasonal displays of rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas. £17.50 members and guests. Lunch (not included) available at The Bull Inn, The Strathmore Arms or Emily’s Tea Shop, within a mile. All places are now filled, so waiting list only. Click to download directions.

Tuesday 26 May 2020
Visit to Abbots Ripton Hall, for a tour of the wonderful gardens which extend to some 8.5 acres of parkland with many fine trees, a lake, a bog garden, lawns, borders, shrub rose and six follies designed by Peter Foster, including a gothic trellis in the herbaceous border and the Constable pavilion at the end of the lake. Meet promptly at 2:00pm for a guided tour of the gardens by the Head Gardener, followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.  Members £15, guests £17.

Wednesday 10 June 2020
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.

Thursday 16 July 2020
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.

Tuesday 25 August 2020
12:00 noon
(event under review)
Visit to Euston Hall, Thetford, Suffolk IP24 2QH. Palladian house in landscaped gardens, ancient broadleaf woodland, pleasure grounds laid out by John Evelyn, extended by Brown and Kent. Meet at 12:00 noon for a guided tour of the house, followed by self-tour of the gardens.  Refreshments/snacks available catered by the W.I. Members and guests £14. Euston Hall hope the tour can go ahead but the deadline for bookings is under review and will be advised.

15 or 17 September 2020
(event to be confirmed)
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.

October 2020
(event to be confirmed)
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. 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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