William Champion’s Garden Website

Statue of Neptune at William Champion garden at Warmley

William Champion’s Garden in Warmley, South Gloucestershire, was created by the 18th century industrialist and Quaker William Champion. It is designated Grade II on the UK Parks & Gardens Register (at risk) 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. It is owned by South Gloucestershire Council. A Friends group was established in 2020 with Kay Ross …

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AGT Book Library

Following a query on donations of Garden History Books, Avon Gardens Trust have created a loan library based at the Create Centre in Bristol Books may be borrowed by prior arrangement for any length of time. The aim is to develop this library in order that researchers and interested parties may browse books that would normally be an expensive purchase – or out of print. A full list of publications available can be viewed AGT Book …

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Clifton & Hotwells Open Gardens

Clifton & Hotwells Open Gardens 10th Anniversary  8th & 9th June 2024. Visitors will again have access to more than 20 communal gardens & squares which are mostly private, with a variety of refreshments and entertainment. There are a mixture of formal gardens, woodland & wild gardens. There will be talks, conducted tours, a tree trail, and singing with local choirs. Tickets £8 from Eventbrite, or £7 on the day https://www.gssg-bristol.com

Garden History Research Day

In Conjunction with neighbouring County Gardens Trusts, we are holding a Garden History Research Day on Tuesday 23rd April 2024 at the History Centre, Chippenham This day is free and open to any of our members who would like to learn how to research garden history with Avon Gardens Trust. No experience is necessary. We will have a number of speakers as well as being shown documents from the archives. We are sharing the Research …

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Appeal – Hanging Gardens at Crews Hole, Bristol

A wood in the heart of Bristol is up for sale with the prospect of development. Part of the woodland was once a formal garden and there is a historic bathhouse abutting the property but not part of it. This historic woodland was featured in early AGT Journals with articles by James Russell on the ‘Hanging Gardens of Crews Hole’ and the associated Bath House. The woodland in front of the Bath House, including the garden …

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Festival of Archaeology at Prior Park

Festival of Archaeology in the Pasture at Prior Park On week days from 17 July until 28 July Prior Park will host a team of archaeology volunteers from the National Trust and Bath and Counties Archaeological Society (BACAS) to discover hidden water features in the Pasture. They hope to find evidence of the ‘Bason of Water’ conceived by John Wood, as shown shown on the Anthony Walker drawing from 1750, as well as a cascade …

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Horticulture course in Bath

New horticulture courses at The Urban Garden, Bath starting September 2023. Gardening can boost our mental health If you are struggling with your mental health and/or are on a low income you can sign up for our courses in practical horticulture starting in September. You will learn a variety of gardening techniques in a professional environment while feeling good at the same time. Level 1 City & Guilds in practical horticulture Starts Wednesday 13th September …

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NGS gardens in Avon open in July 2023

Monday 10 July- Berwick Lodge, Berwick Drive, Bristol, Avon, BS10 7TD     https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/42255/berwick-lodge Sunday 16 July- Daggs Allotments, High Street, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, BS35 2AW     https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/20141/daggs-allotments Thursday 20 July- Special Plants, Greenway Lane, Cold Ashton, South Gloucestershire, SN14 8LA     https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/14566/special-plants Sunday 23 July- College Barn, Benter, Oakhill, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 5BJ     https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/34031/college-barn Sunday 23 July- Fire Engine House, Benter, Oakhill, Radstock, Somerset, BA3 5BJ     https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/34033/fire-engine-house Sunday 23 July- Benter Gardens, Benter, …

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Avon Gardens open during June and early July 2023

Acton Court – Open to the public 31 May to 2 July 2023  –  For more details https://www.actoncourt.com/ NGS openings for June and early July  –  For more details https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/ Special Plants,   Greenway Lane, Cold Ashton, South Gloucestershire, SW14 8 LA 15 June 2023 Swift House,   9 Lyndale Avenue, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, Avon, BS9 IBS & 17-18 June 2023 42 Silver Street,   Midsomer Morton, Radstock, Avon, BA3 2EY 18 June 2023  Mellowstones,   Staples Hill, Freshford, Bath, Avon, BA2 …

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Gardens Trust Volunteer Award 2023

The Gardens Trust are launching an annual Gardens Trust Volunteer Award. The Volunteer Award is intended to celebrate volunteers and recognise the value of volunteering; showcase volunteers and the contribution they make; and encourage volunteering through a variety of roles. County Gardens Trust volunteers are incredibly impressive and are absolutely invaluable to the work of the historic designed landscapes sector – we hope to see a range of nominations that reflect this. Anybody can nominate …

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