Garden Museum Fundraising Swim: September 2020

The Director of the Garden Museum, Christopher Woodward, is planning an epic fundraising swim, aiming to raise £100,000 towards the £270,000 shortfall of funds needed to save the museum.  We spotted their cry for help and were eager to support this worthy endeavour. Within a day or so, our committee had unanimously agreed, by email, that this was a fantastic cause that we must contribute towards, and approved a donation of £500. Based in the …

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Photo Competition for Members

Flash, Bang, Wallop, What a Picture! So, you have sorted out the house plants, painted the spare room, read a long-anticipated book and deleted your old emails. It is pouring with rain and blowing a gale. You are bored to tears. Avon Gardens Trust are offering you something worthwhile to do. Over the last couple of years most of you will have visited interesting, colourful, inspiring gardens. Many of you will have taken photographs on …

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William Champions Garden at Warmley

Statue of Neptune at William Champion garden at Warmley

The Garden in Warmley, South Gloucestershire, was originally created by the 18th century industrialist William Champion. It is designated Grade II on the UK Parks & Gardens Register and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, together with Champion’s brass mill, which houses Kingswood Heritage Museum, and his original pin factory, known as the Clock Tower. The Garden contains a number of historic 18th century features that are all listed Grade II: The Grotto, Statue of Neptune, …

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Explore Warmley Gardens and Grotto

Warmley garden

Explore the Warmley gardens and grotto on a guided walk, every 2nd Sunday in the month (April to November), starting from the Museum at 2.15pm, fee £3.00 per adult. This circular walk will take approximately 90 minutes on level ground, some of which may be muddy in wet weather. Bring a torch to help you explore as you wander through the grottoes, which will be specially opened for you by your guide. For more information …

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Grant for restoration of the Cascade in Bath

Cascade, Bath Botanical Garden

Avon Gardens Trust award grant towards the restoration of the Cascade in the Botanical Gardens in Royal Victoria Park, Bath The Cascade in the Botanical Gardens in Royal Victoria Park Nursery was historically supplied with fresh water that ran into the park from the golf course and the area around Camden Crescent. This source was stopped by Wessex Water when the water was found to be causing flooding to basements in Lansdown. It was later …

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The Elms, Nailsea – a lost garden

Edwardian garden, The Elms, Elms Colliery

Avon Gardens Trust is working closely with the Heritage Team at North Somerset Council to remove The Elms Colliery, also known as Middle Engine Pit, in Nailsea, from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register. The site is on the Register due to the risk of vandalism and further decay and the Council, who own the site, now want to restore the site so that the public can access the site. Middle Engine Pit dates to …

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Avon Gardens Trust Events in 2019

Halswell House and Park

We are pleased to confirm our events for 2019. Full details will be published shortly. All will include a guided tour and refreshments. Wednesday 13 February, a visit to Ston Easton Park, Ston Easton nr Bath @ 2pm. We will be guided on a walk around the Repton landscape and walled garden by the Head gardener. This is the only surviving Repton landscape in Somerset and samples of the Red Book will be available to …

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2018 December Newsletter

cover of the 2018 December Newsletter

Our December Newsletter is now published and can be viewed in the following link. Our Bulletins have been renamed ‘Newsletter’ that more accurately reflects its content. Our Journal, containing more technical aspects of our historical research continues to be published on a less frequent basis as papers become available.  

Autumn Colours of South Kelding

Autumn colours at South kelding

A garden visit on 20th October 2018 at 2pm South Kelding in Upton Cheyney is a young 7 acre garden set on a hillside with stunning panoramic views from its upper levels. There are herbaceous and shrub beds, prairie-style scree beds, orchard, native copses and a small arboretum grouped by continents. Beyond the arboretum lie a large wildlife pond and a boundary stream which runs through woodland featuring shade and moisture-loving plants. Autumn colour features …

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