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May

Chenies Manor House & Garden 26th April

Visit to Chenies Manor House, Tuesday 26 April 2022 Located on a south-facing slope overlooking the Chess Valley, Chenies Manor House makes a dramatic backdrop for its beautiful gardens. Beside an old Bramley apple tree, crowned with mistletoe, Charles MacLeod Matthews, the present owner, introduced the fascinating history of the estate. From its creation in...
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14
Apr

Chiltern Heritage Orchard and the sheep who graze it.

A Welcome to Chiltern Heritage Orchards In 2016 horticulturalist and lecturer Lindsay Engers started a traditional mixed fruit orchard in the Chilterns on a farm near St Leonards. He farms using traditional short, intensive sheep grazing and strict organic standards to establish over 250 different cultivars of fruit. The choice of fruit is mainly commercial...
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28
Mar

Historic England Launches New Map Revealing a Century of England From the Air

Historic England Launches New Map Revealing a Century of England From the Air 22 March 2022 – Today, Historic England launches its new Aerial Photography Explorer – which for the first time allows users to search and explore an online map showing aerial photographs of England over the past 100 years. Aerial imagery provides a...
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28
Mar

Snowdrops – spring journey by Sarah Tricks

Snowdrop Gardens 2022 The snowdrop is most definitely a harbinger that winter is over and spring just aroundthe corner although I am lucky to have been given a few very early snowdrops which start by November 11th.  Most years I manage to visit one or two snowdrop gardens or churchyards but 2022 I was determined...
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25
Mar

Planning victory

BGT, advising the Gardens Trust, has played a significant role in the refusal by Buckinghamshire Council of a planning application by the Ministry of Justice to develop a new ‘megaprison’ at Grendon Underwood. The Category C prison, intended to house up to 1468 prisoners, would have covered an area of 6.7 ha on a greenfield...
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19
Mar

Where to go: Tree blossom in Buckinghamshire parks

March 2022 -Chandos Park Buckingham. Michael Hunt Stowe – New Inn Garden Tomkins Arboretum, Winslow 19th March 2022.  This morning’s visit to see the emerging leaves of this Cercidiphyllum japonicum = the Katsura tree from Japan and China and introduced to Britain in 1881. The leaves will turn bright green for the summer, then turn...
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18
Mar

Where to go: Spring at Evenley Wood Gardens, Northants

Evenly Wood Gardens in Northamptonshire stayed open for all of the lockdown. Great place for families, garden enthusiasts and special occasions. Excellent website http://www.evenlywoodgarden.co.uk Photographs by Claire de Carle on a recent visit.
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04
Mar

International Women’s Day. Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Margaret Ursula Mee (1909–1988)

Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Margaret Ursula Mee (1909–1988) Margaret Mee, a celebrated botanical artist whose exotic paintings of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest flora are exhibited around the world, started life in a modest but happy family among the farms and fields of early 20th-century Chesham. Born Margaret Ursula Brown on 22nd May 1909 in...
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04
Mar

International Women’s Day. Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Alice de Rothschild

Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Alice de Rothschild Alice Charlotte von Rothschild was born in Frankfurt on 17 February 1847. She spent her early years in Vienna, and after the death of her mother in 1859 spent time with various European relatives including at Aston Clinton and Mentmore. When her brother Ferdinand’s wife Evelina died...
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04
Mar

International Women’s Day. Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Kay Naylor Sanecki (1922-2005)

  Buckinghamshire’s Forgotten Women in Gardening: Kay Naylor Saneski   (1922 – 2005) Archivist, writer, editor, garden historian and horticulturalist Kay’s 100th birthday would have been in 2022, and interestingly this year also marks the 50th Anniversary of The Garden History Journal as well as the Bucks Gardens Trust’s 25th Anniversary and of course the Queen’s...
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