Warwickshire Gardens Trust

Garden visiting is a national pastime and our finest parks and gardens are acclaimed internationally - yet they still have no statutory protection despite their vulnerability to modern pressures to change. Many fine gardens and parks have been lost or irretrievably damaged.

The Gardens Trust Movement is a direct response to this threat. The first Gardens Trust was founded in Sussex in 1980 and Warwickshire Gardens Trust was established in 1991. There are now thirty six county gardens trusts in England

Warwickshire Gardens Trust works within the old boundaries of the traditional county of Warwick. It aims to record and conserve gardens and parks of outstanding quality, and monitor threats to them.

Our aim is to raise public awareness of these gardens and parks, promoting the appreciation of them by lectures, visits and exhibitions.

We provide members with a programme of lectures, visits, seminars and newsletters.

 

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Next event Thursday August 11 Elford Walled Garden. A remarkable community initiative saved the walled garden of the lost Elford Hall from development.  A guided tour and cream tea. Details and booking form

Ragley Hall Game Fair, Fri -Sun 29-31 July. We shall be manning a stand together with Staffordshire, Shropshire and Hereford & Worcestershire County Gardens Trusts. Information on the Gardens Trusts movement and Brown sites in our counties. Contact for more info and to volunteer!

Sunday 18 September. Open Day, Packington Hall. Guided tours, teas. Admission 5.  Details
Optional, later, organ recital in Packington church. This organ belonged to Charles Jennens, librettist of the Messiah and cousin of the then Lord Aylesford. It was built to Handel’s specification for Jennens’ house at Gopsall, Leics., and it is likely to have been played by him. Later moved to Packington Hall, and then to this church, this is a rare opportunity to hear this organ playing music from the time of Brown. Admission 5.

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More Capability Brown 300 events

Warwick Castle Park in the shadow of a housing estate. Appeals allowed

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Mill Garden, Warwick

Capability Brown’s bank account. Brown banked with Drummonds, now owned by RBS. As their contribution to the tercentenary celebrations and the dozens of bits of research on Brown and his contacts now under way, RBS have published his pages online. Access is free, but an application form and copyright declaration must be completed before a password is received. Slightly convoluted, but definitely worth it. Thankyou RBS!

If you would like to draw our attention to a garden- related issue, or publicise a garden event, please contact us.

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