Summer Events 2017

Wednesday 21st June 6pm

London Parks & Gardens Trust AGM 2017

The Gallery, 70-77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL (by kind permission of Alan Baxter)

Price: Free to all members

Wednesday 21st June 6.30pm

The Trust Annual Summer Lecture

Gentle Rain, Frightening Floods and the Design of Public Open Space

Tom Turner


Tom Turner believes that the management of surface water should be a key consideration in the design of London's gardens, parks and public open spaces. A landscape architect and garden historian, he was formerly a lecturer at the University of Greenwich. Tom has written a number of books and helps edit two websites: and

The Gallery, 70-77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL (by kind permission of Alan Baxter)

Price: £10

Book by post or pay on the door.

Thursday 29th June, 6.30 – 8.30 pm

Evening visit to Hampton Court Water Meadows, Hampton Wick

Britannia Illustrata 1708

Accompanied by Jason Debney (Thames Landscape Strategy), Rebecca Law (Project Manager), and Nick Garbett (HRP ecologist).

A rare chance to see historic water management on the Queen’s private land at the end of the Long Water at Hampton Court. The royal water-meadows, dating from the sixteenth century, have recently been restored by Historic Royal Palaces and the Environment Agency. We will also visit the ice-house, the view of the Palace from the end of the Long Water, and the Shire Horse Stables.

Meeting point: Meet on the Hampton Wick side of Kingston Bridge, just inside Kingston Gate at 6.30 pm.

Parking: On-street parking in Hampton Wick only.

Public Transport: Trains from Waterloo via Wimbledon to Hampton Wick.

Price: Tickets £10


Wednesday 12th July 6.30pm

A summer evening’s walk on Richmond Hill

Leader Paul Velluet, former Chair of the Richmond Society, Architect and Historian

The walk will include visits to the site of Petersham Park - Wise and George London’s formal gardens of 1693; Petersham Common woods; the Terrace Field; and The Terrace Gardens, created on landscaped grounds of Lansdowne House and Buccleuch House, acquired and laid out as ornamental public gardens by the Richmond Vestry in 1887. It is hoped that the walk will also include a visit to the beautifully landscaped grounds of Richmond University. The walk will conclude at The Roebuck PH on the Terrace overlooking the internationally renowned view from Richmond Hill.

Price: £5 + booking fee

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Wednesday 9th August 2.30pm

Isleworth Parks Tour

Leader: Christine Diwell, member of LPGT and Hounslow Heritage Guide

A visit to a medley of smaller and contrasting parks. These range from one which opened in 1940 on former gravel pits, another the legacy of a larger estate designated as an open space in 1937 but not opened to the public until 1969-70, to one believed to be the oldest recreation ground in the borough, formerly part of a market garden. This opened in 1885 to the sounds of the juvenile band of the nearby Workhouse School.

Price: £5 + booking fee

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Saturday 9th September 2pm

Visitng Wanstead Park

Wanstead Park

Leader: Richard Arnopp, a former committee member of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands

The walk will take in core areas of Wanstead Park’s former pleasure gardens, plus four surviving buildings associated with the estate. Special access will be arranged to areas which are not normally open to the public. Some of the latest research will be discussed, along with recent improvement works. We will also touch on evolving plans for Wanstead Park's future.

Price: £5 + booking fee

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Tuesday 3rd October 2pm

Alexandra Park: a park for the people

Leader: Stephen Middleton, Committee Member, Friends of Alexandra Park

The walk will take you through Alexandra Park to appreciate its scale and setting for the Palace, see evidence of its history (balloon ascents, racing, internee allotments…) and learn a little about the many species of plants, trees, insects, birds and animals which thrive there. The walk will take about two hours and will not all be on paved paths.

Price: £5 + booking fee

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Wednesday 4th October 2017, 10.45am-4.15pm

The First Garden City: A Day Visit to Letchworth, Herts


An opportunity to explore the development of the Garden City Movement and the architecture,landscaping and open spaces of Letchworth Garden City, founded in 1903.

We will meet at 10:45am at Letchworth Railway Station (35 minutes by train from King's Cross) and walk (10 minutes) to the International Garden Cities Institute, housed in the former drawing offices (above) of the architects Parker and Unwin. Members arriving by car may prefer to meet at the Institute at 11am.

Curators Josh Tidy and Vicky Axell will give introductory talks followed by a guided tour of the permanent exhibition. This traces the history of the Garden City Movement and the international influence of the Movement on town planning and the urban landscape.

After lunch at the Broadway Studio and Gallery (part of Letchworth Heritage Foundation), there will be a guided walking tour (about 2 hours).

£25 to include morning coffee/tea, sandwich lunch and notes/map/reading list.
Details of a recommended train will be given on publication of the October timetable (currently 9:52am from Kings Cross)
Information on parking and directions to the Institute will be supplied to members who prefer to drive.
There will be a good deal of walking - all on the flat!
Please apply (with s.a.e.) to the London Parks & Gardens Trust, c/o The Store Yard, St James’s Park, London, SW1A 2BJ.

Other Summer Events

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