Visits, Walks and Talks

Welcome to 2019, the start of a New Year! 
 
 
We have just circulated our latest Newsletter, and many thanks to all those who contributed. This edition is as always packed with information and photographs on our recent activities and other happenings in the latter part of 2018. We now look forward to further exciting events in 2019.  
 
Some of you may have already noticed from the Newsletter that Ed Bennis, our Chair, has indicated that he is willing to repeat a series of lectures that he gave to Cheshire Garden Trust members some years ago. Those who attended Ed’s talk in Chester at the beginning of January will appreciate how extensive Ed’s knowledge of garden design is. It is hoped that this forthcoming series of lectures will be arranged for autumn of 2019/ spring 2020. If you are interested in attending ? particularly as you unfortunately missed the first series- please do contact Jackie Cawte jackiecawte@sky.comas soon as possible. It is an opportunity not to be missed.  
 
Following the talks in January and February, we conclude our current series with our March Annual Spring Lecture. The lecture will be on the topic of Ernest Wilson’s adventurous travels in China at the turn of the 20thcentury, to be delivered by a very experienced horticulturist, Simon Gulliver. It sounds as if this event is one not to be missed.  We are also pleased to return to Marthall, near Knutsford. 
 
After Easter at the end of April when hopefully spring will have arrived and the weather will be warmer, we start our programme of spring and summer visits. Our first is a day visit to Birkenhead Park and Flaybrick Hill Cemetery. The Park dates back to 1847 and was designed by Joseph Paxton, the English gardener, architect and MP best known for designing the Crystal Palace. The nearby Cemetery was designed by Edward Kemp, a landscape architect again of high standing in the mid Victorian era. Sounds interesting?! 
 
Our AGM this year in mid May promises to be quite special. We are so pleased to have arranged its location at Trafford Hall, outside Chester (please note!). This beautifully proportioned Georgian hall built in 1756 is now used for conferences and as a wedding venue. The gardens, restored in the 1990s by volunteers, are now in the capable hands of Crispin Spencer, our membership secretary. Should be good! 
 
So, some exciting events ahead!  And as we always say, do book early to avoid disappointment. 
All best wishes from the Events Team 
events@cheshire-gardens-trust.org.uk            www.cheshire-gardens-trust.org.uk/
 

Saturday 23rd March, 10.30 for 11am
Annual Spring Lecture: Ernest Wilson Plant Hunter, Lecture by Simon Gulliver

Saturday 23<sup>rd</sup> March, 10.30 for 11am<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span> Annual Spring Lecture:  Ernest Wilson Plant Hunter, Lecture by Simon Gulliver   <span></div>

The Hall at Marthall, Sandlebridge Lane, Marthall, Knutsford, WA16 7SB

Simon Gulliver is an experienced horticulturist and speaker who is currently a garden consultant for the National Trust, advising on the development of over thirty gardens in Lancashire, Cheshire and the Midlands. He previously spent ten years at Birmingham Botanical Gardens where he became manager of the plant collections. His wide range of interests includes garden history and plant hunters.  Having spoken to other Garden Trust groups, he is looking forward to delivering our spring lecture.
 
Ernest ‘Chinese’ Wilson was a gardener, botanist and plant hunter and Simon will tell us about Wilson’s adventures in China and other places at the turn of the 20thcentury.  Wilson received awards for his work as he introduced a vast number of plants from his travels, many of which we have in our gardens today.
Cost: £8 member/£10 non-member/£6   students and/or under 30
Event Contact: Janet Horne janet_horne@btinternet.com (n.b. underscore)


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Tuesday 30th April, 10.00 am for 10.30 am
A Day Visit to Birkenhead Park and Flaybrick Hill Cemetery

Tuesday 30<sup>th</sup> April, 10.00 am for 10.30 am<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>A Day Visit to Birkenhead Park and Flaybrick Hill Cemetery<span></div>

Birkenhead Park, Park Drive, Birkenhead, Wirral, Merseyside CH41 4HY

A guided morning walk around the Park lasting approximately two hours will be led by Simon Sim, Wirral MBC Park Ranger. 
The Park was designed by Joseph Paxton in the 1840’s and the work supervised by Edward Kemp. The public funded park was officially opened on the 5th April,1847 and became the forerunner of the parks movement both here in Britain and the World.

The layout is serpentine, with a lake and island; the spoil from the lake was used to create mounds which were planted with trees and especially confers. Wide open grassed areas with a network of winding pathways running from lodges situated at the various entrance points ensured that the park was a success from the start. This well used and famous park was refurbished with the aid of a £11 million Heritage Lottery Grant in 2004-2006.

Lunch (not included in the price) will be at around 1pm, followed by an optional visit to Flaybrick Cemetery. The day will conclude between 2.30pm and 3.00pm.   

After lunch, if you so wish, you may make a further optional visit to the nearby Flaybrick Hill Cemetery, (known as Flaybrick Memorial Gardens), Tollemache Road, Birkenhead, CH41 ODG. The cemetery was designed by Edward Kemp with its interesting collection of mature specimen trees and over 200 Commonwealth War Graves.
Please note that this day will involve at least two hours walking: suitable footwear and appropriate clothing is advisable.  




Cost: £8 member/£10 non-member/£6  student and/or under 30
Event Contact: Gordon Darlington darlington807@btinternet.com


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Thursday 16th May, 6pm buffet, 7pm AGM
Cheshire Gardens Trust AGM

Thursday 16<sup>th</sup> May, 6pm buffet, 7pm AGM<div style='margin: 5px 0px;'><span>Cheshire Gardens Trust AGM<span></div>

Trafford Hall, Ince Lane, Wimbolds Trafford, Chester, CH2 4JP

5pm registration and optional tour of grounds and hall, 6pm buffet, 7pm talk on National Communities Resource Centre, 7.20 pm AGM, 8pm finish

This year’s venue for the AGM is Trafford Hall, a beautifully proportioned Georgian hall built in 1756. In 1991 it was taken over by the National Communities Resource Centre. Their mission is to close the inequality gap that exists in communities across the UK by providing training, support and resources for people living in the lowest income neighbourhoods. The Georgian Hall itself is used for administration, conferences, weddings and providing meals, while eco-chalets in the grounds are used for conferences, weddings and accommodation.
 
The garden was restored, mainly by volunteers in the early 1990s, but is now in the hands of Crispin Spencer, our membership secretary.
 
At the back of the hall is a wide lawn with specimen trees, particularly 2 Blue Atlas Cedars. The lawn has recently been cleared of a lot of scrub, drained and reseeded. Beyond is a fairly extensive woodland area, which again has been cleared. There are swathes of bluebells in spring (it is also open for NGS in February when the snowdrops are out).
 
There are remnants of an old walled garden and a sunken arts and crafts garden. Beyond is a small memorial garden to Brian Abel-Smith, professor of social policy, who helped found Trafford Hall. This leads to a small orchard with low growing apple trees, the eco-chalets and the kitchen garden. 
 
There will be an opportunity to tour the grounds and hall and hear about this fascinating organisation. John Edmonson’s horticultural books will also be on display, as well as information about CGT activities.
 
Cost:N.B. Although the AGM is free, the buffet meal must be booked at the cost of £14 for members/£16 for non-members.
                                    
Cost: £14 member/£16 non-member
Event Contact: Sue Eldridge sue_eldridge@hotmail.com


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2019
February (1)
How to be a Landscape Detective - A Lecture on 25th February
January (3)
Nature's Champions: Portraits of Gertrude Jekyll, Roy Lancaster and more
Cheshire Gardens open for Snowdrops in February & March
David Austin Roses, its founder passed away at age 92
2018
December (1)
Begin the New Gardening Year with a Free Members' Meet Up event on Tues 15th Jan 2019
October (1)
Discovering the Real Repton Symposium - 5th November 2018
September (2)
Meet in beautiful York for this year's TGT Historic Landscapes Assembly on Monday 19th November
Read the results of our Overseas Garden Tours Questionnaire
July (2)
Legionella bacteria
SOS for help with planting at RHS Tatton from Friday 13th - Monday 16th July
June (1)
Gardens Open on 30th June - Wilmslow Wells for Africa
May (1)
Your Personal Information and What We Do With It
April (4)
PLEASE NOTE: Corrections to visit dates stated in the April Newsletter
20th June & 4th July 'Repton Rides at Tatton'
A REMINDER 26th April - AGM & Head Gardener's Guided Walk at Henbury Hall
On 6th July join Tatton Head Gardener in a Repton Walk
February (1)
Don't miss the first Event of our Spring Season - The Heritage Gardens of Ireland
January (3)
Check the Events Tab to see our LATEST EVENTS LISTING for March to May
Hellebores Nursery - A timely reminder to visit
It's not too late to book for our Lecture on Helebores on Saturday 20th January
2017
December (1)
RHS WISLEY Trees Petition Success but more work needed
November (2)
This Christmas, give a present to last a whole year
Members Meet-Up in Lancaster: 10.30-4pm, 1st December 2017
October (3)
Edward Kemp Symposium on 18 Oct at The Palace Room, Floral Pavillion, New Brighton
Results from Kemp's Anniversary Year Walks around Cheshire Parks
Learn about 'The 1737 New Cut of the River Dee' on 18th Nov
September (3)
The Woodland Trust say 'the biggest single threat from development to ancient woodland is HS2'
Look at the Events Tab for CGT's Autumn/Winter Programme
Book now for 2017/18 Leisure Courses at Reaseheath College
August (2)
500 Wisley trees under threat from A3 road widening proposals
New Photographs of Summer Events in our Gallery
July (1)
All Summer Events now fully booked
June (2)
Double Rosettes for CGT at the Royal Cheshire County Show
Final Summer Events - 15th July Fully Booked but still time to book for 16th August visit
May (3)
Make a Note/Lend a Hand - Cheshire Show Dates for your June Diary
Dibleys' 28th Chelsea Gold
Check your Post Now for our latest Events Mailing
April (1)
POSTPONEMENT of Fern Workshop at Henbury Hall
March (2)
Hot Off the Press! Kemp - CGT's Second Publication is available Now
Important Diary Date: CGT AGM on 27 April
February (4)
Kemp Walks in Cheshire Parks during 2017
Lecture Sat 18 March - Celebrating Edward Kemp Bicentenary
Reminder:- St Petersburg Lecture Sat 11 Feb
2015 Newsletters now added to the archive
2016
November (2)
Memorial Service: Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor
Caldwell-Still Growing
October (2)
CGT phone number
Lottery Funding Secures Future of P&G UK Database
September (2)
CB 2016 Textile Trail exhibition
CGT Visit to Sweden in September 2016
August (1)
CGT visit to Somerford Garden raises £136.00 for the NGS
July (3)
CGT Member Mary Moxon in medal award at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show 2016
Donation to St Luke's Hospice
2016 Summer Fundraiser Success
June (5)
CGT at the Royal Cheshire Show and the Arley Garden Festival
Event on Wednesday 15th June is cancelled
Magnolia "Elizabeth" progress report
Summer Social Event 4th June 2016
Places for Sweden Garden Tour 2016
May (3)
Thanks to volunteers at the AGM
RHS Garden Bridgewater
Summer BBQ and Fundraiser
April (7)
Rhododendron Workshop 12th May
TGT Conference, 1-4 September
The Hyning, Lancs.
Sweden Garden Tour 2016 Update No 3
CGT AGM 14th April at Tabley House
2016 Cheshire Plant Fairs
CGT New Web Site
March (3)
FOLAR
Caldwell Book Published February 2016
New Home for King Canute
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December (1)
Lord Ashbrook's 80th Birthday
November (1)
New RHS Garden
July (1)
CGTs & GHS: Latest merger news

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