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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 we enter 2021, meetings in person are not possible, though 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 joining details.

Programme of Visits & Events 2021

Some events 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. General Zoom information can be downloaded from here and joining details will be circulated a few days before the event.

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…

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.

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.

Watermill at Euston Hall
Thursday 29 April 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Non-members can register 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 return visit to Euston Hall later in the year.

Cosmic Speculation
Thursday 20 May 2021
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Non-members can register 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.

Programme of Visits & Events 2020

Wednesday 16 September 2020
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
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
Self-guided visit from 2:00pm
Event now closed
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. Gardens now open 2:00pm-5:00pm for self-guided visits only. Tea and cake to take away. NB the Henry Moore Studios and Gardens are 8.3 miles away at Perry Green, Much Hadham SG10 6EE (online booking required).

Thursday 15 October 2020
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Event now closed
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)
Event now closed
Zoom lecture: Dr David Marsh, garden historian, will present the guest lecture during the Annual General Meeting. David’s talk will share the joys (and problems) of creating his own five-acre garden in France, a project that he and his partner have undertaken over the past 15 years. Almost everything, apart from the hedging and some of the trees, is home grown from seed or cuttings, and this is the story of how it was done… and how French friends, neighbours and the local press reacted! The garden was opened to the public for the first time in 2015.

Thursday 10 December 2020
11:00am – 12:00noon
Event now closed
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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