Warwickshire Gardens Trust


Avon Navigation. The prospect of the river Avon being opened up to boat traffic from  Stratford to Warwick and/or Leamington has once again come forward . For those of you who were not involved back in 2004, this proposal was rejected by Warwickshire County Council following overwhelming  opposition from individuals, local groups of river users and land owners large and small. this remains the official policy of that council . However, it seems that the years have dimmed the memory of some on Stratford District Council and they have resolved to give the idea their backing. This document (part of the Stratford District Area Review) outlines the navigators’ plans. Charlecote Mill have a page on the subject here.

Warwick Race Common. Although not strictly a designed Landscape, Warwick Common is an evolved landscape which is of importance to the people of Warwick for its long public use, and because it forms a setting to the historic town of Warwick and more recently to the Grade II* Hill Close Gardens.  Following the withdrawal of earlier proposals for a hotel and increased control over the common by the Jockey Club a working party, assisted by Plincke Landscape, have drawn up further proposals for the future of the common. Read about them on the web site of the Friends of St Mary’s Lands here  

The Gardens Trust. This is the name by which the newly merged Garden History Society and Association of Gardens Trusts is now known. The merger was agreed at the annual meetings of the two bodies on 24 July 2015 in Newcastle.

State of UK Public Parks. A new report by the Heritage Lottery Fund records the huge success of Lottery Funded restoration of public parks, but now the new threats brought by cuts in local funding. Well worth reading

New book: A Natural History of English Gardening, 1650-1800, by Mark Laird .(ISBN 978-0-300-19636-8). Admirers of Mark Laird’s Flowering of the English Landscape will be pleased to see this new book from him. Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for studies in British Art, it is, of course, lavishly illustrated with contemporary material.

New book: Masters of their Craft The Art, Architecture and Garden Design
of the Nesfields,
By Shirley Rose Evans (ISBN: 9780718893231 30. Details
An authoritative account of the life and work of William Andrews Nesfield (1794-1881), his son William Eden Nesfield (1835-1888) and their significant influence upon the artistic and cultural landscape of nineteenth-century England. 

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