Publications: Newsletters

GCT Newsletter Pic1We produce two newsletters a year, spring and autumn which we post to members.

This year’s editions are available on line here; they are quite large documents with images and maps and sometimes take a little while to download, so please be patient!


No.38 May 2015 Newsletter




Your contributions to the Newsletter would be warmly welcomed, please contact the editor Phil Christie on [email protected].


Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust Newsletters from 1997 onwards:

Paper back issues of our newsletter can be purchased at £2.50 per copy including postage.

To order copies, please contact Alan Brown (tel. 01480 811947 or email [email protected])


ISSUE 1: missing

ISSUE 2 APR 1997

Launch of Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust, Thursday 7th November 1996

A workshop at Huntingdon Record Office

Garden visit to Milton Hall and Thorpe Hall near Peterborough (V)

Coach trip to Berkshire (V)

Mill Road Cemetery

Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden

Report on researching and recording workshop held at the AGT Headquarters

‘Centuries of Rose Decoration’

List of founder members


ISSUE 3 OCT 1997

Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden visitor guide

Babraham Hall

Visit to Trinity Hall (V)

Visit to Elton Hall (V)

East Anglia Flower and Garden Show

Cuttings Bank

Visit to Madingley Hall Gardens (V)


ISSUE 4 APR 1998

Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden Open Day and Update

Research (list of Cambridgeshire gardens)

Chippenham Park (V)

AGT Annual Conference Winchester

Visit to St. Monica’s (County) Infant School Southampton (V)

Thorpe Hall Garden Peterborough

ISSUE 5 OCT 1998

Tetworth Hall near Sandy,Beds (V)
Wychfield, Cambridge (V)
Buff Wood, Hatley, Cambs (V)
Castle House, Leighton Bromswold,Cambs (V)
Island Hall, Godmanchester,Cambs (V)
A walk along the Cambridge Backs (V)
Kingston Wood Manor Garden,Cambs (V)
The Crossing House, Shepreth,Cambs (V)
Buried Treasure at Brampton (Samuel Pepys’ House) (V)

ISSUE 6 APR 1999

Why were gardens created? Lecture by Christopher Taylor

The garden at Wimpole Hall. Lecture by Philip Whaites

The garden at Madingley Hall. Lecture by Richard Gant

The garden at Anglesey Abbey. Lecture by Richard Ayres

Developing Cambridge College gardens. Lecture by Andrew Peters

Structures in Cambridgeshire gardens. Lecture by Mansel Spratling

Book Review: Parks and Gardens of Britain, A Landscape History from the Air

John Clare’s garden, Helpston

John Buonarotti, Papworth

Cambridgeshire Garden Quiz

Visit to Bottisham Park (V)

The Peterborough Lectures

ISSUE 7 NOV 1999
‘A garden of our own’ Talk by Jane Brown to publicise her history of Girton College garden
Tyrrells Hall, Shepreth,Cambs (V)
Sir Michael Foster (1836-1907) Biographical notes
Burghley Park, Lincs (V)
Hamerton & Steeple Gidding, Cambs (V)
Kirby Hall & Liveden New Bield, Northants (V)

ISSUE 8 APR 2000
Ramsey Abbey School Walled Kitchen Garden – Article by Jean Chittim
Recording gardens in Cambridgeshire – Article by John Drake & Audrey Osborne
Damage & Design in historic gardens – Article by Anthea Taigel & Diana Boston
The grounds of Hickleton Hall, S. Yorks. – Article by John Drake
Photographing gardens – Article by Howard Rice
Writing about gardens – Article by Jane Brown
Babraham Hall & its grounds – Article by Jill Cremer & John Drake
Richard Headley of Stapleford House – Article by Audrey Osborne
Researching the Gazetteer – Article by John Drake

ISSUE 9 OCT 2000
Kirtling Tower, nr Newmarket (V)
Wothorpe Towers & Washingley (V)
Walcot Hall garden ,Shropshire (V)
Bloomsbury in the Fens – A Cambridge walk with Jane Brown
The gardens of Robinson College, Cambridge (V)
Youngsbury Park & Watton, Herts. (V)

ISSUE 10 MAY 2001
Kimbolton Castle – Article by John Stratford
Trees suitable for Cambridgeshire gardens – Article by Norman Villis
Lavenders – Article by Dr Tim Upson
Historic gardens of Cambridgeshire – Article by Audrey Osborne & John Drake
Iris – Article by Geoff Stebbings
Campanulas – Article by Margaret Lynch
Illustrating flora – Article by David Scrace
The Dukes & Earls of Portland – Article by Audrey Osborne

ISSUE 11 OCT 2001
Moggerhanger House & Park, Beds. (V)
Wisbech gardens (V)
Drayton House & Lowick, Northants (V)
Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge – A tour of houses & hostels (V)
Ramsey Abbey – Article on study days organised by David Cozens
Childerley Hall, Cambs (V)
Kimbolton Castle & grounds, Cambs. (V)
” The old codger who designed those lovely gardens for Clare College” – Article by John Drake
Walcot Hall gardens – Article by John Drake following up an earlier visit
West Cambridge gardens project – Article by Jane Brown
Buckden Towers – Article by Pat Huff
Ramsey Abbey School Walled Kitchen Garden – Progress report by Jean Chittim

Mill Road cemetery, Cambridge – Article by John Drake
Brinkley Wood cemetery – Article by John Drake
The Magog Down – Article by Michael Nurse
Villa Durazzo Pallavicini, Genoa, Italy – Article by John Drake
The diary of Baron Walstein ( with ref. To Babraham Hall gardens) – Article by Jill Cremer
Nathaniel Richmond (1724-84) A scholar of Lancelot Brown – Article by Jill Cremer
Harold Peto’s new gardens at Easton Lodge – Article by John Drake
The limes at Walcot Hall – Article by David Brown
Ickworth Old Garden, Suffolk (V)
Wood & Ingram – Article by John Drake

ISSUE 13 OCT 2002
Buckden Towers, Cambs. (V)
The gardens at Easton Lodge (V)
Brogdale, Kent (National fruit collection) (V)
The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Beds. (V)
Northborough Manor, Cambs. (V)
Central Park, north Peterborough (V)
The Castello d’Acqua in Wimpole Hall Park – Article by Audrey Osborne
History of the carrot – Article by John Drake
Walled kitchen gardens – Report of a national seminar by Audrey Osborne
Fruit growing in Cambridgeshire – Article
Smedley’s in Wisbech – Article by Audrey Osborne
Quay Brewery walled garden, Ely – Article by John Drake
Nineteenth century detached leisure gardens in W. Cambridge – Introduction to an article by
Audrey Osborne & Jane Brown

ISSUE 14 MAY 2003
Gardening in the East (ie Turkey & Japan) – Article by John Drake
The gardens of Hinchingbrooke – Article from ‘The Gardeners’ Magazine’ 1905
Japanese gardening in 2002 – Article by Beth Davies
2 Sylvester Road, Cambridge – Article by John Drake
Eileen Power (1889-1940) – Article by Charles Malyon
A new garden at Elton, Cambs. – Article by Verna & Bill Emmerson
Brampton (Pepys House, Waterloo farm & River Lane Nurseries) (V)
Wood & Ingram, Nurserymen of Huntingdon & Brampton – Article by Jill Cremer

ISSUE 15 NOV 2003
Kingston Moat House, Cambs (V)
Parham Hall, Suffolk (V)
Diddington Park, Cambs – Article & report of visit
Kelmarsh Hall, Northants – (V)

ISSUE 16 MAY 2004
Southill Park, Beds (V)
7 Nineteenth century detached leisure gardens in W. Cambridge – Article by Jane Brown
& Audrey Osborne
Bridge End Garden, Saffron Walden (V)

ISSUE 17 OCT 2004
Jesus College gardens, Cambridge (V)
Milton Park, Peterborough (V)
Assoc. Of Garden Trusts Conservation & Planning workshop – Summary report
Boughton House garden, Kettering (V)
Lynford Hall, Norfolk (V)

ISSUE 18 MAY 2005
Peterborough Minster precincts – Article by Jane Brown
2 Orchid houses thousands of miles apart (Brazil & Kimbolton!) – Article by Beth Davies
Ryston Hall, Norfolk (V)
WRAGS (Women Returners to Amenity Gardening Scheme) – Article by John Drake

ISSUE 19 SEP 2005
Harry Dodson (1919-2005) – A tribute
Assoc. Of Garden Trusts – Report of a study day at Petworth House, Sussex
Guanock House, N. Cambs (V)
Corpusty Mill Garden, Norfolk (V)
Leckhampton House & Garden, Cambridge (V)

ISSUE 20 MAY 2006
Holmewood Hall, Holme, Cambs – (V) & AGM
News from the Ouse – Article by Judith Christie for Huntingdon NADFAS Garden History Group
Aldham House, Chesterton, Cambridge (V)
The restoration of Cambridge University Botanic Garden glasshouses – Article by Robert Brett &
John Parker

ISSUE 21 OCT 2006
Aldham House, Chesterton, Cambridge – the garden in 2006 – Article by Anne Malyon (see also
article in issue 20)
The gardens of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (V)
Renishaw Hall & Gardens, Derbys (V)

ISSUE 22 MAY 2007
Somersham Palace & Gardens, Cambs (V)
Pursuing the past – Article on garden history research by Diane Silk
The walled kitchen garden recording group – Article by Adam Paul of Suffolk
The case of Mr Barson – Article from the ‘ Peterborough Advertiser ‘ 1909
The Manor, Hemingford Grey, Cambs – Article by Diana Boston

ISSUE 23 OCT 2007
Peterhouse College Gardens, Cambridge (V)
Appendix to earlier article on Leckhampton House & Garden (see also issue 19)
Rectory Farm House Garden, Orwell, Cambs (V)
An appreciation of a Victorian & Edwardian landscape at Houghton, Cambs – Article by
Bridget Flanagan

ISSUE 24 MAY 2008
John Bartram (the father of American botany) – Article by Victor Rogers-Phillips
Way forward for the Cambridge Backs – Article by Ursula Buchan
John Ashton Fielden: the Man – Article on his association with Holmewood Hall
The history of Holmewood Estate under Fielden – Article by Maureen Hawes
The Island (Hall) Story – Article by Christopher Vane Percy
The Walled Garden at Luton Hoo, Beds (V)
Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden – Progress report

The fen edge port of Lode & its gardens (V)
Sue Ryder gardens in Cambridgeshire at risk – article by John Drake
Apethorpe Hall, Northants (V)
Sycamore Farm garden, Over, Cambs (V)
Nothborough Manor, Cambs – article by C H Malyon
Happy birthday – Devon Gardens Trust – article by Jill Cremer

ISSUE 26 MAY 2009 (paper copy not available)
Background & results following research for the Trust’s Wood & Ingram book – article by John Drake
Biggin Abbey, Fen Ditton – article by John Drake
The Wells family at Holmewood – article by Maureen Hawes
Rousham House, Oxon. (V) – report by Peter Reynolds
A visit to Tom Stuart-Smith’s garden (V) – report by Miriam Pender.

Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden update
Sezincote House & Garden (V)
Garden Archaeology Project report (ref. Thorney Abbey, Peterborough) – article by Julia Weaver
Voewood, High Kelling, Norfolk (V) & East Barsham Manor, Norfolk (V) – report by Charles Malyon
The gardens of Magdalene College , Cambridge (V) – report by Charles Malyon

Trentham Gardens,Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs. Report of members’ visit.
A summary of 2010 planned visits inc. A Special Interest study day entitled ‘The Tulip & the Turk’ organised by HDAFAS in assoc. With CGT

Early visits to Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden – article by Dr Jill Cremer
Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden – report of the Official Opening by Dr Jane Sills
The gardens of Pembroke College, Cambridge (V) – article by Charles Malyon
Two Victorian Gardens in Wisbech (Elgoods Brewery & Peckover House0 (V) – report by Jean Kearney
Frogmore House & Garden and the Savill Garden, Windsor, Berkshire (V) – report by John Drake

ISSUE 30 MAY 2011
20th Century Gardens in East Anglia – report of a Study Day held at Hemingford Abbots, Cambs on 12/3/11
Abbots Ripton Hall Garden 1956-2011 – article by John Drake
The Old Orchard, Girton College, Cambridge (V) – report by Charles Malyon
‘The Omnipotent Magician – Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 1716-83′ by Jane Brown. Book review by John Drake

Education programme – Update by Julia Weaver
‘Little Seedlings’ at Fen Drayton – Report of Primary School educational project by Judith Christie
Dovecotes in Huntingdonshire – Report by Bridget Flanagan for NADFAS Gardens Study Group
Green Island Gardens, Hadleigh, Essex (V) – Report by Alan Brown
Four Normandy Gardens – Report by Judith Christie
Fairhaven Water Garden (V) – Report by Dr Jane Sills
Beth Chatto’s Garden (V) – Report by Jean Kearney

ISSUE 32 MAY 2012
Reflecting on Botanic Gardens:Exploring changing human responses to plants – Article by Prof. John Parker, Director, Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1996-2010
A visit to the gardens of Robinson College, Cambridge (V) – Report by Charles Malyon
Arcadia in Arden: What future for our trees? – Report of 17 March CGT Study Day
Titchmarsh House Gardens, Northants (V) – Report by Alan Brown
The CGT Education programme – Progress report by Julia Weaver

ISSUE 33 November 2012
Louis John Drake MBE 1943-2012 – Tribute by Charles Malyon on behalf of CGT Council of Management
A flowering first at Cambridge University Botanic Garden: Emmenopterys Henryi – Report by Dr Tim Upson, Curator & Actingt Director.
A new garden for Schlumberger Cambridge Research – Report by members of Huntingdon DFAS Garden group
Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden – Update by Dr Jane Sills
Sawston Hall & Gardens, nr Cambridge (V) – Report by Jean Kearney & Mark Wilkinson
The CGT Education programme – Progress report by Julia Weaver

ISSUE 34 MAY 2013
Article by Jane Brown (1 of 6) exploring connexions of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown & the county of Cambridgeshire
Summary of CGT Education programme April 2013
Arcadia at Hinchingbrooke – Article by Ann Colbert
Scarecrow Competition 2012 – Review & report by Julia Weaver
Visit to Marks Hall Gardens, Essex – report by Jean Kearney
The Gardens of Queens’ College, Cambridge – Article by Charles Malyon
Gardens in Tudor & early Stuart England – report of Christmas 2012 lecture by Dr Paula Henderson
‘Moggerhanger Park, Bedfordshire – an architectural & social history’ – Edited by Jane Brown & Jeremy Musson – Book review by Liz Lake
Research & Publication – An invitation to participate. Judith Christie
‘Capability’ Brown Tercentenary – Outline of Trust plans & invitation to join project
Members’ News including tributes to the late John Drake MBE.
Sir John Gurdon, FRS – A brief outline of Sir John’s achievements (he is a Trust member) & a note of our congratulations on his recent Nobel Prize award – Charles Malyon

Annual report 2012/13 – Julia Weaver
Burghley & Madingley, Happiness & ‘Honor on both sides’ – 2nd (of 6) articles on Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s work in Cambridgeshire – Jane Brown
Great Ouse Valley: A proposal for Cambridgeshire’s 1st Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – Article by Bridget Flanagan
Scarecrow competition 2013 – report by Ann Colbert
CGT Education programme, October 2013 – report by Ann Colbert
A report on Norfolk CGT’s 25th Anniversary celebrations – Judith Christie
The plight of the bumble bee – Julia Weaver
The Gardens of England: Treasures of the National Gardens Scheme – book review by Judith Christie
The historic gardens of England series: Cambridgeshire & the Isle of Ely – book review by David Brown
Featured member’s garden; Butts Farm, Wicken, Cambs (owner Sophie Leek) – report by Huntingdon NADFAS Garden History group
Poems & Peace – report of an event held at Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden in memory of the late John Drake MBE – Jane Sills
Update on dovecotes; CGT Research group review – Judith Christie
Flora of the World: Collections & collectors – report of CGT Study Day on 23 March 2013 – Phil Christie
Behind the scenes: Collections at Kew – article by Dr Peter Gasson

ISSUE 36 May 2014

How the Manor of Fenstanton was exchanged for taste!

Featured Garden: 4 Sylton Close, Godmanchester

An interview with Prof. Beverley Glover, Director, Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Christmas lecture 2013: Wrest Park – Glorious revolution to magnificent restoration by Dr Twigs Way

Book Review: Almost home: The public landscapes of Gertrude Jekyll

A ‘lost’ Cambridgeshire garden

The CGT Education programme update

Programme of visits and events


ISSUE 37 OCT 2014

Book Review: Masters of their craft: the art, architecture and garden design of the Nesfields

The Cambridge ‘Backs’: Historical development and a landscape strategy for their conservation

Lancelot and the Dons

Garden History Society Graduate Symposium 2014

CGT Education programme update

CGT Research report

Visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (V)

CGT Study Day: The centenary, impact and legacy of the Great War

The Thinking Soldier ‘To the men of 1914-1918 who wrought mankind a great deliverance’ (V)