Welcome to our Autumn 2018 Newsletter
It is hard to believe that summer has whizzed by already. We celebrated in August the launch of our first book: Humphry Repton in Buckinghamshire and Beyond at the Repton conference, Ashridge House. We hope that you already have your copy (£20+£3 postage from Rosemary Jury). The Repton bicentenary has produced publications and conferences culminating with the Repton Discoveries Symposium at the Garden Museum on the 5th November at which members will be attending and lecturing.
As part of the excellent summer programme Rosemary continued the Repton theme with well attended summer visits to Moggerhanger Park, Ashridge Gardens, Woburn Abbey and in November we have a lecture by Edward Copisarow on The History of Shardeloes. We hope that you will be able to attend the autumn and spring programme of talks. We are always delighted to welcome guests and new members.
Wotton House and its Capability Brown landscape was the venue for the August AGM, by kind permission of our patron, David Gladstone CMG. The meeting (photograph Turkey Building John Lovelock) was completed in record time and we took advantage of the wonderful weather, eating our picnics whilst surveying the views. This was followed by a walk around the park conducted by Michael Harrison the Garden Manager and guru.
We are delighted that The Roland Callingham Foundation (Bekonscot Model Village) has awarded a £1000 grant to support the Research and Recording work which continues apace, including a dossier on Bekonscot itself. If you know of any trusts that award grants to similar projects or if you are interested in making a financial contribution, please get in touch.
Calling All National Trust Members
At the recent AGM of our umbrella group, The Gardens Trust, were alerted to the possibility of The Gardens Trust not being represented on the board of The National Trust by Dr James Bartos, the Chair of The Garden Trust. In its review of nominating bodies to their Council, the National Trust has advised that the Gardens Trust will appear on the ballot paper but will not be a ‘recommended’ organisation to remain on the Council. If the Gardens Trust is not re-elected, the Gardens Trust as the Government’s Statutory Consultee, will no longer have a voice within the National Trust regarding over 250 historic landscapes.
The National Trust’s AGM will be held on Saturday 20 October 2018 in Swindon. Details will be sent to NT members and is available on the website and you can vote online (NT membership number required). The deadline is 11.59pm on Friday 12 October 2018. Do consider voting FOR the Gardens Trust to continue to have a representative on Council. We believe it is important to be represented.
Dr Sarah Rutherford
Chair of Bucks GT