Tour of Rousham House and Gardens, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 4QU Wednesday 25 May 2016, 2-5.00pm

Vale of Venus

We will start with a tour of the house guided by a member of the family. The house dates from before the Civil War into which William Kent, architect of the Horse Guards amongst other major buildings, added the wings and stables, creating a unique example of domestic design by Kent. Ben Viljoen will then be giving us a guided tour of the exceptional 18th century gardens also created by William Kent in 1738.

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Lancelot Brown & Caversham Park

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This year is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the
father of English landscape gardening.
As part of the nation-wide Capability Brown Festival, the Berkshire Gardens Trust
has arranged with the BBC for Caversham Park to be open on the afternoons of
Sunday 17th April, Sunday 12th June and Sunday 18th September from 2pm to
6pm. Admission will be by ticket, which must be obtained in advance.

There will be a talk on the work that Brown did at Caversham Park, conducted walks
in the grounds, a tour of the house and light refreshments.

Please note that all tickets for the Caversham Park days have now been sold.

Brown in Berkshire


Portrait of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, c.1770-75, Cosway, Richard (1742-1821) /Private Collection/Bridgeman Images

Berkshire Gardens Trust’s 2016 Spring Lecture

by Ben Viljoen

Thursday 17th March, 7.30 for 8pm

The Barn, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames, RG8 8DR

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Rousham: The Birth of the Pictorial Circuit Garden

Temple of Echo

The Berkshire Gardens Trust’s Autumn Lecture by Michael Symes

Thursday 8th October 2015, 7.30 pm for 8 pm

At The Barn, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames, Reading, RG8 8DR

The lecture will be preceded by the BGT AGM, starting at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served from 7 30 pm for those attending the lecture.

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The Start of the Renaissance Garden in England?

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BGT’s SPRING 2015 LECTURE at Shaw House, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2DR

THURSDAY 26TH MARCH, 7pm for 7.30pm

The evening will start at 7pm with canapés and drinks and an introduction to the magnificent Grade I listed Shaw House, the Elizabethan home of the Dolman family, which is currently owned and managed by West Berkshire Council. The introduction to Shaw House will be at 7.30pm, followed immediately by the lecture.

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2 pm start at Watlington House, RG1 4RZ

Come along and enjoy a free guided walk linking some of Reading’s designed Parks & Gardens and other green, historical spaces. Starting south of the centre, Watlington House and Street are in a conservation area. We will then pass King’s Gardens near the old Huntley & Palmer biscuit factory by the Prudential Building to follow the canalised River Kennet to the Oscar Wilde Walk and then Forbury Gardens. The final leg of the linear walk (in total 1.5 to 2 hours), continues along the River Thames and over Caversham Bridge to Caversham Court, where refreshments are available in the riverside gardens.

Contacts for further information: Vickie Abel, Friends of Caversham Court (, Gaila Adair, Watlington House Trust/Berkshire Gardens Trust or Fiona Hope, Berkshire Gardens Trust (0118 984 3504).

Remodelling Historic Parks for Contemporary Uses

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The Berkshire Gardens Trust’s Autumn Lecture by Hal Moggeridge Friday 3rd October, 7.30 for 8pm, The Barn, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames, RG8 8DR


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The Berkshire Gardens Trust Spring Lecture 2014 by Rosamund Wallinger

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Gertrude Jekyll: Her Art and Place in Garden History
Friday 14th March, 7.30 for 8pm, The Barn, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames, RG8 8DR
Come early and join us for a glass of wine & some light refreshments

In 1983 Rosamund Wallinger and her husband purchased The Manor House at Upton Grey. She discovered soon after that the much neglected garden had been laid out by Gertrude Jekyll. This was the start of a lifelong devotion to Miss Jekyll and the garden at Upton Grey. Mrs Wallinger has taken infinite care to source plants detailed in Miss Jekyll’s plans and to follow her planting instructions. Today Upton Grey is the most authentic of the extant Jekyll gardens. Mrs Wallinger has a deep theoretical and practical understanding of the work of Gertrude Jekyll, one of the most influential garden designers of all time; this is a talk not to be missed.

Places £10 for BGT members, for non-members £12 per place or £20 for two places.
Please send a cheque made payable to Berkshire Gardens Trust with your contact
details to BGT, Chilton Lodge, Speen Lane, Newbury, RG14 1RN Receipts and venue
details will be sent if you provide an email address or a SAE. Please phone Ben Viljoen
on 0118 984 3170 if you have any queries about the event

Exploring the Setting of Historic Assets

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Setting is the surroundings in which an asset is experienced. All heritage assets have a setting, irrespective of the form in which they survive and whether they are designated or not.’ from The Setting of Heritage Assets: English Heritage October 2011

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Researching a Site for Local Listing

Moor Close

This is one of a series of courses

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