Talks

We are thrilled to announce our programme of talks for the Winter Lecture Series 2022/23. As well as all eight lectures being streamed live on Zoom, we will also be holding three of them as live events at the Francis Holland School in Sloane Square in September, December and April.

Online tickets are £5 each (or £35 for the series) and tickets for the live talks (to include refreshments) are £16 each.

All talks start at 6pm.

St James’ Park – Caroline Ames

St James’s Park – Plants, Pelicans and Pageants – Mark Wasilewski

Monday 12th September 2022 – LIVE and online

An insight into the history, landscape and iconic events within the ceremonial setting of St James’s Park.  St James’s Park is one of Europe’s busiest parks attracting some 17 million visitors per year… see more details

Royal Ceremony St James’ Park, The Royal Parks

The London Parks and Gardens Inventory : How it works and the ways it helps researchers to champion the protection of parks – Helen Monger and Sally Williams 

Tuesday 11th October 2022 – online

Soon after its foundation in 1994, London Parks and Gardens started to research and puttogether a catalogue of Greater London’s parks, gardens, churchyards, cemeteries and myriad other green or open spaces of local historic interest into an Inventory documenting their history… see more details

Pedlar Park by Helen Monger

Wilding Rural Enfield – Ian Russell

Monday 7th November 2022 – online

Enfield Chase was once a vast royal forest stretching north from the City of London.  It has steadily been enclosed, converted to farmland, parkland or urbanised.  Hear how Enfield Council’s Watercourses team are implementing a combination of natural flood management and rewilding measures to improve wildlife habitats and the visitor experience… see more details

Rural Enfield by Ian Russell

‘English Garden Eccentrics’ – Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

Tuesday 13th December 2022 – LIVE and online

This is an entertaining  look at obscure and eccentric English garden-makers who created some immensely personal and idiosyncratic gardens between the early 17th and early 20th centuries… see more details

English Garden Eccentrics, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan -Paul Mellon Centre and Yale University Press

The Doctor’s Garden: Medicine, Science and Horticulture in Britain – Dr Clare Hickman

Tuesday 10th January 2023 – online

As Britain grew into an ever-expanding empire during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, new and exotic botanical specimens began to arrive within the nation’s public and private spaces… see more details 

The Doctor’s Garden, Dr Clare Hickman – Yale University Press

Sustainable London and The Energy Garden – Agamemnon Otero MBE

Tuesday 14th February 2023 – online

An innovative project to green London’s Overground by planting gardens.   The creation of these community owned and maintained gardens are the brainchild of the speaker who will explain how we can use the model to open up new spaces… see more details

Energy Garden

London’s Ancient Trees – Russell Miller

Tuesday 14th March 2023 – online

Russell will talk about where to find ancient trees, how they live so long and why they are so important for wildlife… see more details

Ancient Trees by Russell Miller

“Everything in balance”: Planning and its role in protecting historic gardens, with particular reference to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew World Heritage Site – Andrew Croft

Tuesday 18th April 2023 – LIVE and online

Lecture by Andrew Croft, Director, CBA Studios, landscape, environmental and heritage practice

Details to follow soon