Thanks to Events Secretary Bryan Sullivan for compiling and editing our regular Newsletters.

Thanks also to Colin Fletcher at LGD Solutions for providing the pdf versions.

67 Summer 2023

Weston Park -‘a veritable art gallery’

Hatton Grange – ‘a little known but very attractive historic estate’

Dr David Chatford-Clark and Keith Goodway Academic Archive

Report of Council of Management 2023



66 February 2023

‘Better than Blenheim’ – visit to Upton Cressett Hall

Ilam Hall and Park – a Brief History

The Upper Park at Sandon Hall

‘Chiswick House and Garden – 300 years of Creation and Re-creation



65 Summer 2022

‘Shaping Shugborough’

‘Surviving the Covid Years!’ – Annual General Meeting – Bishton Hall



64 February 2022

‘Two Staffordshire Parks – The importance of Public Parks’ – Hanley Park and Victoria Park.

‘Two Cotswold Gardens’ – Boughton House Gardens and Kittgate Court Gardens.



63 Summer 2021

Blithfield Hall. It’s history and present

‘A beautiful building in a charming setting’ – Hartlebury Castle

‘A garden to tingle the senses’ – Wollerton Old Hall Garden



62 Winter 2020

‘One of the most singular anomalies to be met with among the residencies of Britain’ (J.C. London) – Alton Towers visit.

‘Memorable Gardens’

‘The Katyn Memorial Stone on Cannock Chase’



61 Winter 2019

A good example of a late Victorian park’ – Talk on restoration of Hanley Park. ‘Middleton Hall – a thousand years of history’ – Trust visit to Middleton Hall.



60 Summer 2019

A Walk round Lichfield’s historic parks and gardens’ – Trust visit. ‘A place of pilgrimage for people of taste’ – Trust visit to Enville Estate. ‘That rare achievement, a Garden that always has something to enjoy’ – Trust Visit to Hodnet Hall. ‘An undervalued park, which should be better known’ – Trust talk on Ingestre Hall & gardens



59 – Winter 2018

The Arboretum is a celebration of life lived – Trust Visit to National Memorial Arboretum. ‘A Wonderful Way to spend the day’ – Trust visit to Boderham Arboretum. ‘Beautiful in design and range’ – talk on gardens of Lake Como & Lake Maggiore. Obituary – Jim Earle 1930 – 2018. programme of Events 2019



58 Autumn 2018

A little piece of Germany in the middle of Staffordshire’ – Trust Visit to Comminwealth Military Cemetery. Trust Visit to Keele. ‘A Mawson Gem – the garden at Little Onn’ – Trust Annual General Meeting – Little Onn Hall. Peace Woodland – Lichfield Cathedral



57 – Winter 2017

My it was cold’ – WWI history of Cannock Chase. ‘A Living Memorial’ – The Verdun Oak. ,A small village with many stones to tell’ – Talk on Tong Castle



56 Summer 2017

William Emes: A Layer out of Landscapes & Pleasure Gardens – Trust Study Day at Keele. The Jewel in Walsall’s Crown’ – Trust Visit to Walsall Arboretum. ‘Elford’s Secret Garden’ – Trust Visit to Elford Walled Garden. ‘Mr. Vernon’s Grand Designs’ – Trust Visit to Hamburg Hall.



55 – Winter 2016

Like entering Narnia without the snow’ – Trust Visit to Trentham Gardens. ‘A Haven of Rest for Walsall Town Folk’ – Church Hill Memorial Gardens



54 – Summer 2016

A Visit to Himley Hall. Trust Garden Party – Sugnall Hall. ‘One of the finest pieces of water that this Kingdom possesses’ – Trust visit to Chillington Hall & Park. visiting Henbury Hall. Tithe Maps.



53 Winter 2015

Green Flag Park Awards. The Monks Wall Group. ‘A Garden for All Seasons’ – Trust Visit to Consall Hall Gardens. ‘The Farmhouse that Saved a King’ – Trust Visit to Moseley Old Hall. plant Hunters Fairs in 2016.


52 – Summer 2015

‘A Lost Landscape Rediscovered’ – Trust Visit to Fisherwick Hall. ‘One of the prettiest retreats it is possible to conceive – Trust visit to Biddulph Old Hall with Staffordshire Historic Buildings Trust. ‘Conditor Horti Felicitatis Auctor’ – Trust Visit to The Laskett. ‘ One of Shropshire’s Outstanding Attractions’ – Trust Visit to Lilleshall Hall & Park with Shropshire Parks & Gardens Trust. Presentation to Lord Comack on his retirement as President of the Trust. Obituary – Keith Malcolm Goodway (1930 – 2015)


51 Winter 2014

‘They Died the Noblest Death a Man May Die Fighting for God & Right & Liberty and Such a Dath is Immortality’- Memorial Gardens. ‘A world class example of an English Garden’ – Trust visit to Wollerton Old Hall. Josiah Wedgwood – Etruria – Talk by Keith Goodway. ‘a Return to Hagley Park’ – Trust Visit


50 Summer 2014

‘God’s Acre’ – Public Cemeteries / ‘First and Best Loved Child’ Capability Brown’s Croome Court (Trust Visit) / ‘A remarkable survival’ Castle Bromwich Hall gardens / Monk’s Walk update / ‘Another Active Year’ Notes from the AGM, plus an introduction to new Trust President – Charles-Bagot-Jewitt


49 Winter 2013

‘The Fashion for Dahlias’ /’The Gardens are Very Hansome’ – Trust visit to Melbourne Hall Derbyshire / ‘The Italian Job’ / ‘A Visit to Ingestre’ / Officers of The Trust


48 Summer 2013

‘The Oldest, Biggest and Best’ National Garden Scheme/ Chairman’s Report to The 2013 Annual General Meeting /’Sugnall Walled Garden on TV’ / ‘There is Nothing in London to Compare With Wightwick’ / ‘A Walk Around Hagley Park’/ ‘The Website’ /’Six Acres of Paradise in North Staffordshire’ – Wilkins Pleck / ‘Reflection on a Visit to Wilkins Pleck’ – Alan Taylor /’A Proper Little Town’ 1110 Years of Stafford Burgh / ‘Memorial Gardens’ / ‘The Friends of Ingestre Orangery’ / Officers of The Trust


47 Winter 2012

Burslem Park ‘Back to its Former Glory’ / ‘Paxton’s Protege’ Edward Milner / The Temple of Diana at Weston Park / ‘A Walk Round Trentham Park’ / ‘Blithfield Hall’ / Dates For Your Diary / Officers of The Trust


46 Summer 2012

Danescourt Cemetery – A Japanese Garden in a Christian Cemetery / Whitmore Hall / West Midlands History / Diary Date for Burslem Park / A Day in London – Trust’s trip to The Garden Museum and The House of Lords / Monks Walk Autumn Update / Another Active Year – Chairman’s report to the 2012 AGM / Gardeners, How are your Love Apples this year? Sue Gregory


45 Winter 2011

Thomas Wright and The Shepherd’s Monument (J Hawkins) / Development Group Update – Including Wind Farm Developments / Visit to Alton Towers / The Mughal Gardens of India (D Jacques) / William Cobbett (S Gregory) / Two Visits to Biddulph Grange / The Complete Vermin Killer (S Gregory)


44 Summer 2011

Staffordshire – The Creative County / A Shilling a Head – The National Gardens Scheme / Review of the AGM and Mr. John Phillips’ Talk on Wombourne Wodehouse / The Chillington Aquatic Fete of 1836 – Dianne Barre and Sue Gregory


43 Winter 2010

The Landscape Disciple – Walking The Wright Way / Visit to Sugnall Walled Garden and Ferme Ornee / Greenhouse in The Undergrowth – Shugborough / Visit to the National Memorial Arboretum / AGT Annual General Meeting /


42 Summer 2010

Visit to Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth / Visit to Sandwell Park Farm and Dartmouth Park / Book Review “The Living Landscape: Animals in Parks and Gardens of essex” / Chairman’s Report to Annual General Meeting / Monks Walk Group Poetry evening July 2nd 2010


41 Winter 2009

Researching Staffordshire’s Historic Gardens – Dianne Barre / Association of Gardens Trusts Weekend Conference 4-6 September 2009 / John Webb – who’s he? / “Jacobites and Tories, Whigs and True Whigs” The Wentworth Castle Heritage Trust / “Delectable Variety, Order and Dignity” The Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth Castle / Monks Walk update report November 2009 / Where We Went in 2009


40 Spring 2009

From Nursey to Garden Centre – Julian Ranson, Garden Centre Manager at Notcutts, Shirley / Victoria Park Stafford Neil Thomas, Publicity Officer of The Friends of Victoria Park / Hawkesyard Priory nr Rugeley (also known as Spode House, Armitage Park) / At Risk – Hartlebury Castle, in Worcestershire, and Ruperra Castle, in the County Borough of Caerphilly / John Webb – who’s he? / Ingestre Orangery and Long Walk


39 Autumn 2008

Introducing the WFGA and WRAGS / “Welshmen Beware” A visit to Arley Arboretum and Gardens (and other interesting places) / “The Cottager’s Plot” / Marigolds – not just for washing up / John Webb – who’s he?


38 Spring 2008

A pleasure park – with trees, Derby Arboretum / ‘A Very Fair Brick House’ – Beaudesert / ‘Samuel Hellier’s Follies’ – Dianne Barre


37 Autumn 2007

The Year So Far . . . . . . / ‘Victorian Gardens Public And Private’ Colchester 28th April 2007 / Annual General Meeting 2007 – Chairman’s Report / Heritage Protection White Pape


36 Spring 2007

Trust Appoints New President and Chairman / Equal Opportunities? / Whether The Weather Be Hot…. /Managing an Historic Estate (A repor t of a talk given to member s of the Trust by Richard Kemp, General Manager of the Shugborough Estate, in November 2006) / Gwydir Castle – ‘a pretty place’ (Leland, 1536) /Heritage Facing the Challenge


34 Autumn 2006

The Year So Far . . . . . . / Historic Buildings At Risk / Visit Reports