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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. As of May 2021, we hope to reinstate visits later in the year. The Trust will continue to monitor the situation and we will update our policies in light of changing guidance.

In the meantime, we are pleased to continue our programme of Zoom lectures and events for members and guests. Guests must register at the admin email address to obtain Zoom joining details.

Programme of Visits & Events 2021

Where events are not yet finalized, the website will be updated with the latest information and full details will be circulated to members. General Zoom information can be downloaded from here and joining details will be emailed a few days before the event.

Tim Richardson
Thursday 21 October 2021
Zoom talk: CGT is delighted to welcome Tim Richardson who is our 2021 Margaret Helme Memorial Lecturer. Tim will talk about Cambridge College Gardens, drawing upon material from his recent book. The talk is free to CGT members; guest registration is £5. Further information at this link.

Glorious Fynbos flowers
Saturday 6 November 2021
12:00noon – 1:00pm
(after AGM at 11:30am in Fen Drayton Village Hall, Cootes Lane CB24 4SL )
Live talk: Following the AGM, we will have a special lecture from CGT patron, Prof. John Parker, who will stimulate our desire to get back onto long-haul flights with Botanic Gardens of the Western Cape. Here 9,000 species, mostly endemic, are crowded into an area slightly larger than Scotland, displaying the richest flower show on earth. The talk will start at about 12:00 noon, after the AGM, and will be followed by a buffet lunch. If you wish to stay for the talk and lunch, please email admin by 1 November and either pay £10/head by BACS (see below), or by cash/cheque on the day. Further information at this link.

Gin Warren
Thursday 18 November 2021
Zoom talk: CGT member Gin Warren will present a talk: Ghastly Churchyards and Brave Men. The talk is free to members of CGT and Norfolk Gardens Trust. Further information at this link.

CGT Members’ Social Evening
Now deferred to June 2022
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. Members are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. Optional house tours.
We regret that CV-19 restrictions obliged us to defer the event until June 2022.

Booking Events

For the time being, our preferred method of booking is by BACS transfer to Cambridgeshire County Garden Trust (sort code 20-29-68, account number 30347639) using your name as reference; please confirm payment by email to treasurer.
Cheques, payable to Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust, may be sent to Jane Sills, The Willows, Ramsey Road, Ramsey Forty Foot PE26 2XN.

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 treasurer as early as possible.

The CGT Events Coordinators are always delighted to hear about interesting venues. If you have visited a garden that you think members would enjoy, please tell us by clicking the link below.

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Past Events in 2021

In reverse date order.

Prof. Beverley Glover, CGT patron
Thursday 23 September 2021
Event now closed
Social event and lecture at Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington Avenue, Cambridge CB3 1AA. Come and meet CGT members and guests over drinks and canapes (cash bar available). Trust Chair Liz Whittle, will update us on new CGT initiatives and introduce the evening’s speaker, CGT patron Prof. Beverley Glover, who will present The Cambridge Botanic Garden’s unique role in addressing global challenges. Tickets £8 members, £10 guests.
St Pauls Walden Bury garden
St Paul’s Walden Bury garden
Thursday 15 July 2021
10:45am for 11:00am start
Event now closed
Updated Visit to St Paul’s Walden Bury, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 8BP. Early 18C, Grade I listed garden with formal woodland, temples, statues, ponds, rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas. Please meet outside main door to the house for refreshments on arrival at 11:00am, followed by an introduction to the garden and self-guided exploration of the grounds; cost £7.50, with maximum of 25 people. Sadly, no house tour is possible because of continued restrictions. Please book by Thursday 8 July. Refunds will be made for house tours already booked.

Cosmic Speculation
Thursday 20 May 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
but access to a recording of the talk is available on application: click here
Zoom talk: CGT member Alison Moller will explore the background, influences and meaning of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in southern Scotland. This important 20th/21st century garden is private and open to the public for only one day a year, but Alison was given rare access to explore it with her husband who took the photographs that illustrate this talk.

Watermill at Euston Hall
Thursday 29 April 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
but access to a recording of the talk is available on application: click here
Zoom talk: longstanding CGT members Pippa and Steve Temple will jointly deliver a presentation topically entitled From one great plague to another – the history of the superb Euston Hall garden. The talk will include aspects of the hydrological engineering at Euston Hall and will surely whet our appetites for a possible return visit to Euston Hall later in the year.

Cattle in the Ouse by Michael Monk
Wednesday 17 March 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
but you can download selected images and links from Alan’s talk here.
Zoom talk: while the pandemic may have temporarily slowed the pace of development, Cambridgeshire’s green spaces are increasingly pressured by the consequences of economic growth. There is likely to be more demand for CGT involvement in local planning decisions and so we have invited Alan James, Chair of the local branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England to give us his thoughts on Climate, environmental and planning challenges to our gardens and parklands.

Tuesday 23 February 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
Zoom talk: we are delighted to welcome back Dr Twigs Way, former CGT Chair and well-known writer, presenter and garden historian, to present her talk Ruins in the Landscape. Twigs advises owners of historic landscapes and works closely with stakeholders like Natural England and Historic England. Her talk will bring out the romance of gardens built around antiquarian sites and ruins in general.

Thursday 14 January 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
but you can download the list of species suggested by Philip and Richard here.
Zoom event: Philip Whaites and Richard Gant form the panel for an entertaining Gardeners’ Question Time, moderated by CGT Chair Liz Whittle. Bringing years of experience from their delightful estates at Wimpole Hall and Madingley Hall respectively, Philip and Richard will do their best to address your questions on any aspect of gardening. Please send your queries, with pictures if appropriate, to the usual admin email address. More…

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