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Gwen Miles
09
May

Unforgettable Gardens -“The Elysian Field”s at Stowe – a personal view

‘Unforgettable Gardens’ ‘The Elysian Fields’ at Stowe – a personal view If I think of the designed landscape at Stowe, the Elysian Fields come directly to mind. They seem to me to embody the essence of this vast landscape. The huge landscape at Stowe began, not surprisingly, with the long axis which was laid out...
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07
May

Maps key to conservation plan for Oxburgh Hall Parkland, Norfolk

The conservationist and historian Dr Sarah Rutherford who has researched the reconstruction of a 19th-century landscape at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk, said: “Using an Ordnance Survey map from 1904, we have been able to research details of how the landscape looked when it was at its peak. We’ve also used RAF aerial photographs from 1946 which...
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29
Apr

Britain Between the Wars – Great British Railway Journeys

Michael Portillo  in his 12th series of Greatest Railway Journeys is highlighting the developments in   Britain Between the Wars over 15 episodes. This week starting 26th April 2021 has seen 1/15 Oxford to Abingdon, 2/15 Stoke Mandeville to Beaconsfield  and 3/15 West Ruislip to Windsor on the BBC2 channel. A number of areas have...
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14
Mar

Weeding Women: Shaping England’s Gardens

In Stephen Switzer’s Practical Husbandman and Planter (1733), he recommends wide paths between beds for ease of access and as we can see from this quote, weeder woman and boys to pick off and destroy snails and slugs every morning! Who does the weeding in your household and that of your family, neighbours and friends?...
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09
Mar

Maud Grieve ‘Now first let me tell you about that wonderful plant’ by Claire de Carle

MAUD GRIEVE Self-published by the author claire@decarle.plus.com ISBN 978-1-911133-21-6 To order your copy email the author: claire@decarle.plus.com £12.00 including postage & packing The Whins in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire is where Maud Grieve and her husband lived from about 1908 and is where she established her Medicinal Plant Nursery and Training School during the First...
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06
Mar

International Women’s Day 2021 – Maud Grieve herbalist 80th Anniversary

2021 marks the 80th Anniversary of the death of Maud Grieve The inspirational herbalist, writer, teacher and gardener ‘Now let me tell you about that wonderful plant’* Maud Grieve was born in London in 1858. She spent her early married life in India, and on their return at the end of the 19th century the...
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06
Mar

International Women’s Day 2021 – Margery Fish

Margery Fish (1892–1969) Plantswoman and garden writer ‘Margery Fish, virtually single-handedly, was responsible for the renewed popularity of the ‘cottage garden’ style of planting in the second half of the twentieth century’ (Catherine Horwood). Margery Fish (née Townsend) has a very tenuous link with Buckinghamshire: although she probably visited her family in Chalfont St Peter...
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06
Mar

International Women’s Day 2021 – Valerie Finnis

Valerie Finnis (1924–2006) Photographer, lecturer and gardener Although Valerie Finnis did not live in Buckinghamshire, the Bucks Garden Trust has much to be indebted to her for. The Finnis Scott Foundation makes grants to horticultural and art history projects and was established in accordance with the will of Lady Montague Douglas Scott (Valerie Finnis) in...
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04
Mar

Restoration of Brick Kilns Great Linford

Nineteenth Century Brick Kilns to be restored at Great Linford.    The Parks Trust are about to begin a restoration project on two Brick Kilns located at Great Linford, by the Grand Union Canal. Brick making had been a local industry in Milton Keynes for hundreds of years. The site where the kilns can be...
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11
Jan

Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust Award

The Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust Award an Honorary Family Life membership to Michael Harrison, Estate Manager of Wotton House.   The Buckingham Gardens Trust is pleased to announce that Michael Harrison, Estate Manager at Wotton House, Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire, home of Mr and Mrs David Gladstone, has been awarded – with his wife Sarah – Honorary...
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