Talks

Throughout the year, we organise a number of talks in order to bring together members of our community and discuss a range of issues.

This year, we are excited to bring you, in partnership with the Gardens Trust, a series of online lectures, from the comfort of your own home.

Our Lectures take place on alternate Monday evenings between 6pm and 7pm. Members of the Gardens Trust, London Gardens Trust or another County Gardens Trust will be eligible for a discount.

Tickets for our individual lectures cost £4 for members and £6 for non-members.

In addition to the live lectures, the events will be recorded and a link will be sent to ticket-holders the following day which will be available to view for one week.

Our next lecture is

Monday 8th March 2021 6pm – 7pm

Crystal Palace Park – Not such a dinosaur, a public park in the 21st Century

Kathryn Whitmore, Lizzi Hewitt-Brown and Valerie Shawcross

Opened in 1854 to house Sir Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace, relocated from the 1851 Great Exhibition, Crystal Palace Park is an 80 hectare iconic Victorian Park. Considered by many as the first theme park, it signalled a leisure revolution catering for a growing urban population.
With the loss of the Palace in 1936, the Park lost its way. It is still however, a highly valued community asset and retains the essence of the original design. This illustrated talk discusses the approach to transforming an enormous and internationally recognised Park, within the economic constraints of a local authority. The Regeneration Plan seeks to deliver both a renovated park and a new governance and business model, which will create a step change in the long term future of Crystal Palace Park.
Kathryn Whitmore is lead consultant for the Regeneration Plan working with Lizzi-Hewitt-Brown, Bromley Council and Valerie Shawcross, Crystal Palace Park Trust. Crystal Palace Park is owned and managed by Bromley Council. Crystal Palace Park Trust, a community led Charity, is working with the Council to become established as custodians with responsibility for managing the park in the future.