Warwickshire Gardens Trust


Avon from Leafields Bridge

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.

The Avon in Warwick Castle Park

The scheme would take canal boats under the windows of two Grade I listed buildings (Warwick Castle and Charlecote) and through the middle of their registered parks, as well as affecting the setting of numerous other listed buildings, and making it impossible for Charlecote Mill to continue to operate.

Wellesbourne Allotments. Wellesbourne’s only allotments belong the the diocese of Coventry. They now propose to sell the land for housing. The site is not designated for development in Stratford district’s Local Plan. the allotments appear to date from around 1839 and were provided by the vicar of the day on glebe land.

Wantage, Kenilworth. The Edwardian gardens of Wantage, Kenilworth are now on the Historic England register of Historic Parks and gardens at Grade II. We had an article about this site in our Spring 2012 Journal. You can read the Heritage List description here. The description of the house has also been revised to incorporate our research

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.  

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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