Annual Conference of the Gardens Trust 2021; Postponed to September 2022

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Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner



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The Annual Conference and AGM of the Gardens Trust will take place around Richmond in North Yorkshire from 3-5 September 2021.

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Good news! Our North Yorkshire Conference is back on track and our Yorkshire Gardens Trust partners are delighted to welcome us. We are centred on Wensleydale and the picturesque Georgian town of Richmond.

The Conference programme will run from midday from Friday 3rd to approximately 16.30 on Sunday 5th September 2021, with the AGM and New Research Symposium held on the afternoon of Saturday 4th September. We are delighted to have the local knowledge and assistance of the YGT's researchers and of Val Hepworth in particular, in guiding us over the weekend and contributing their specialist knowledge to our Conference brochure.

We will be based at the Holiday Inn just off the A1 (M)/A66 at Scotch Corner (DL10 6NR and which has been attractively refurbished and updated (with efficient double glazing) and offers ample conference facilities and on-site parking. Darlington station is 20 minutes away by frequent local express bus or taxi.

There are 80 residential places available at the Holiday Inn (with some sharing rooms - not bookable for single occupancy) plus 10 day-attendance places. Additional overnight accommodation (on a self book/pay basis) is available at the nearby Scotch Corner Travelodge DL10 6PQ, Tel: 08719 846176.

All our visits are to privately-owned and run historic estates, the majority of which are nationally-important listed buildings and/or registered landscapes; we will have an introduction to some of these from the owners and access to many areas not normally open to the public. Please note that, to access parts of the estates' landscapes included in our visits there will be significant walking on rough ground and steep steps at both our lunch venue in Bolton Castle's Great Hall and at Millgate House garden. Please let us know if you are likely to have any difficulties with this.

A summary of the current programme is given below; it willl be updated by email if necessary nearer the time. Please provide any specific dietary requirements and CGT affiliations by email to when you have booked your ticket.

For ticket types and prices click on details above.

CURRENT PROGRAMME (timings subject to minor change):

FRIDAY 3rd September: Arrival and check-in from 12.00pm; lunch available to purchase at the hotel or in COSTA adjacent to Travelodge.

2.15pm: Coaches leave Holiday Inn for an afternoon in Richmond.

We are offering 2 alternative visits. Please select your ticket when booking:

EITHER A: A private guided tour with owner Richard Lawson and Val Hepworth of the Picturesque landscape of Temple Grounds with its Green Walk and Culloden Tower.

OR B: A tour of Richmond’s Georgian theatre which houses the Woodland Scene, reputed to be the oldest surviving stage scenery in the world. PLUS exploring a plantsman's hidden gem at Millgate House.


17.15 Coaches leave Richmond for return to Holiday Inn (c. 30 minute drive)

18.30 Bar open in Holiday Inn for purchase of pre-dinner drinks; Bookstalls tbc.

19.00 Dinner: Two course carvery (vegetarian alternative); wine available for purchase

20.15 Louise Wickham MA, YGT head of research and author of Gardens in History: A Political Perspective (2012) will explore the inspiration behind designed landscapes in the North Riding of Yorkshire.

SATURDAY 4th September:

9.00 Coaches leave Holiday Inn for Aske Hall's designed to landscape with, provisionally, a welcome from Lord Ronaldshay and a guided walk with Val Hepworth and Janette Ray of the landscape, which Capability Brown visited and had surveyed in 1769, with its William Kent temple.

12.00 Coaches leave to return to Holiday Inn.

13.00 Finger buffet lunch with tea and coffee; Bookstalls tbc

14.00 New Research Symposium (possibly by Zoom) and AGM

16.00 Tea

16.30 AGM - open to all GT & CGT members

18.30 Coaches leave Holiday Inn for the Conference reception and dinner (3 courses with aperitif, wine and coffee) at The Station. Formerly Richmond’s Victorian railway station (opened 1846) it was converted and refurbished by the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust ( During coffee presentations will be made to the winner of the Mavis Batey Essay and the Volunteer of the Year award.

SUNDAY 5th September:

9.00 Coaches leave Holiday Inn for Constable Burton, a grade I listed house built 1762-67 by John Carr of York for Sir Marmaduke Wyvill and still the home of the Wyvill family who will guide us, along with their long-standing head gardener.

11.30 Coaches leave Constable Burton for 14th-century Bolton Castle; we lunch in the Great Hall and view its historically-informed re-created gardens.

13.30 Coaches leave Bolton Castle for nearby Bolton Hall for a guided walk with YGT volunteers and Val Hepworth around the Hall's gardens. Much of their late C17th formality is still apparent having survived, perhaps due to absent owners, both the extravagancies of the 'Landscape Movement' and minor alterations in the C19th.

15.45 Coaches leave Bolton Hall to return to Holiday Inn (and possibly Darlington station); arrival at hotel c. 16.15.

Other arrangements and non-members by personal application:

A few places may be available for other arrangements eg. Saturday or Sunday visits (places for dinner at The Station are limited); payment will be by BACS. Non-members for any package are asked to pay an additional £50 which covers one year's membership of the Gardens Trust (including admin charge). Please contact Virginia Hinze as below to arrange this.

For all queries and for anyone needing to book by post or telephone please contact Virginia Hinze at or 01273 844819

Booking closes on Sunday 1st August.

FINALLY A CAVEAT: While it is our intention to fulfil the programme we must include a caveat: Government Covid regulations beyond our control may require alteration to the content, management or even size of the event. We will endeavour to keep you well-informed.

Delegate cancellation arrangements: Refunds by personal application up to closure of booking; full refunds if the entire event is cancelled.

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Organiser Virginia Hinze

Organiser of Annual Conference of the Gardens Trust 2021; Postponed to September 2022

Co-chair of the Education and Events committee of the Gardens Trust: Our aims are:

  • To promote the study of the history of gardens and gardening, landscape gardening and horticulture in all its aspects
  • To promote the protection and conservation of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes and to promote and advise on their conservation
  • To promote County and Country Gardens Trusts and through them education, appreciation and involvement of the public in matters connected with the arts and sciences of garden land
  • To encourage the creation of new parks, gardens and designed landscape.

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