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The Cornwall Gardens Trust, first formed in 1988, works to raise awareness of this county’s garden heritage and to conserve and foster it for the benefit of present and future generations.


will be held on Friday 14th August 2020, by Zoom

Meeting will commence at 2pm

We are very fortunate to have a short talk (and slides) by Paul Holden on The social history and relationship between the house and garden of Lanhydrock as the formal talk at the Lanhydrock garden visit is postponed until 2021. The talk will follow on after the formal proceedings of the AGM (which will be dealt with swiftly). 

Here are the details for anyone who would like to attend:

P Polglase is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Cornwall Gardens Trust AGM 2020

Time: Aug 14, 2020 02:00 PM London

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Item 1. Apologies for absence 

Item 2. Minutes of the previous meeting held on 24th May 2019

Item 3. Matters arising

Item 4. Receipt and consideration of the Annual Report of the Council of Management

Item 5. Receipt and consideration of Accounts and Balance Sheet  

Item 6.   Appointment of auditors

Proposal no.1. – That Mr Joe Keohane should be appointed as the Independent Examiner of the Trust’s accounts for the year 2020.

Item 7.  Acting Chairman’s report

Item 8.  Election of Members of the Council of Management

Proposal no 2. – That the following eligible member, who is offering herself for election, should be appointed to serve on the Council of Management:

(a) Annabel Sewry

Proposal no. 3 – That the following eligible members who are offering themselves for election, should be appointed to serve on the Council of Management for a further period:

(a) Julia Bigham (b) Dorinda Charnaud and (c) John Lanyon

Item 9:  Any Other Business

Garden visits for 2020 postponed until 2021.

In the best interests of the health and safety of our members, but with a heavy heart, we have decided to postpone all the remaining garden visits for 2020, namely Lanhydrock, Double Primroses, Lethytep, Place, Marsh Villa, Hidden Valley Garden and Bosvigo.  We will re-organise them and maybe more! for 2021.

As you will understand, the decision has been made in the light of the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the UK.

Any cheques received to date will be either returned or discarded safely. Please let us know what you would prefer.

We wish you all well and stay safe

Best wishes

Pen Polglase
Cornwall Gardens Trust

More than 220 members support our aims to encourage appropriate garden restoration and conservation, the creation of new gardens, and our encouragement of primary and secondary schools and young people to participate in the care and enjoyment of designed landscapes.

There is also an annual programme of garden visits, regular Newsletters, and an annual Journal to enjoy.

Our garden heritage is unique and precious – and we need to save it from inappropriate development and neglect. We seek to encourage continuing public awareness and appreciation of garden land.

By agreement with the owners, Cornwall Gardens Trust researches and records gardens of interest for an archival county record. We organise a varied programme of events and visits, and are also involved in education projects.

Becoming a member enables you to show your support for our important work and offers opportunities to meet others through the events and social programmes. Cornwall Gardens Trust is a founder member of The Association of Gardens Trusts, which links over 6000 Gardens Trust members throughout the country.

You will find details about all the Trust’s activities on this site but, for any more general information, please contact our Secretary by email to cgtsecretary@gmail.com.

Membership application form

New Members Welcome Letter