Winter 2014

Much water has flowed under the bridge and onto our gardens since our last newsletter. I am delighted to report that we have filled all the vacant posts on the Council, with seven new officers elected at the AGM. Welcome to them all.

We have had a very successful series of garden visits this year as the reports below attest. The programme for next year is being put together and we hope to publicise that shortly.

Of course, we still have our Annual Lunch to come at Trenython Manor on Saturday 29th November. This promises to be particularly inspiring as Joan Farmer will be presenting our lecture on the History of Cornish Gardens, which was put together by Trish Gibson a couple of years ago.

Sue Pring has been doing sterling work in responding to planning issues that have been arising that might affect Cornish gardens. This is an increasingly important role of CGT since the Garden History Society passed much of the day to day responsibility for replies to the County Trusts.

Along with this, Emma Trevarthen has been re-galvanising the Recorders Group and we hope to be finishing off several Records in the next year as well as starting on some new gardens. This is an enjoyable way to help CGT and to get to see some wonderful places. Volunteers are always welcome.

We will once again be attending the CGS Spring Show at Boconnoc and hope to see many of you there. Make sure you have the date in your diary 28/29 March.

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Tony Hibbert, whose efforts in the 1980s were instrumental in the establishment of CGT. An obituary is included in this issue.

The long-discussed merger between the Association of Gardens Trusts and the Garden History Society has been approved by both bodies and will be implemented next year. This should provide a stronger central body to support the individual county Gardens Trusts.

Richard Stone