Kensington Gardens
Photograph by Max Rush

The Berkshire Gardens Trust’s Spring Lecture
Tuesday 21st March 2017

Andy Williams, Park Manager for Kensington Gardens and the Brompton Cemetery, gave us an overview of these two different sites, presenting some of the contemporary challenges they face and revealing some of the opportunities currently being progressed.
Brompton Cemetery recently announced a successful Heritage Lottery Funding bid to extensively restore the impressive designed landscape which is a tourist venue in its own right as well as a working cemetery. Andy has also been involved in a review of the 10 year Management Plan for the Kensington Gardens, as well as designing and building a new catering facility, with extensive feasibility work to refurbish the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground and working with the Historic Royal Palaces to realise a “contemporary reimagining” on the Old Wilderness.

Previously Royal Parks Agency Assistant Park Manager for The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, Andy’s horticultural and landscaping career also includes experience designing and building of private domestic gardens, plant production and horticultural education, including 5 years at Hall Place, the Berkshire College of Agriculture near Maidenhead.

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