Save the days
We are planning two trips this summer – to Winterbourne House in Edgbaston and to Kiftsgate Court gardens near Mickleton.
Winterbourne House and Gardens
Monday 3rd June at 11.00 am
Winterbourne is one of the last surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa and garden in Birmingham. The garden was lovingly created by the homeowners, Margaret and John Nettlefold (of GKN Fame), using the books of Gertrude Jekyll as inspiration.
We are to be given a tour of the 7 acre garden by an experienced guide before going round the house at your own pace and lunch afterwards.
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
Tuesday 2nd July at 12.00pm
Created by Heather Muir in the 1920s and carried on by two women gardeners, Diany Binny and now Anne Chamber, Kiftsgate is a wonderful example of a garden with a distinctive feminine feel. And of course is the home of the eponymous rose.
We will be given a short talk about the house and garden before being let loose to explore and meeting up for lunch.
If you would like to reserve your place on one or both of the above visits, please contact the office at CPRE Warwickshire 41a Smith St, Warwick CV34 4JA, firstname.lastname@example.org or please phone on 01926 494597.
Winterbourne House - Monday 3rd June @ £20.00 per person
Kiftsgate Court Gardens – Tuesday 2nd July @ £22.00 per person
We are holding our 56th Annual General Meeting at the Hill Close Gardens in Warwick this year on Tuesday 28th May starting at 6.00pm. Much earlier this year than usual but it should allow us to have a walk around the gardens after the business is complete.
Hill Close Gardens is a group of 18 surviving Victorian detached gardens on a hillside in Warwick. These were set up in the 19th century overlooking Warwick Racecourse to provide gardens for owners of townhouses which did not have their own gardens. So we should be able to discover how the owners came to the gardens after work or on Sundays to tend their plots or to relax.
Our guest speaker this year is Dr Andrea Graham, Head of Policy Services of the National Farmers’ Union and she will be speaking about the future of farming and food.
Light refreshments and drinks will be served after the meeting - so we look forward to seeing you.
“GREEN CLEAN” litter pick
CPRE Warwickshire joined with Rubbish Friends to help out with the national “GREEN CLEAN” litter pick. Throughout September, across the country CPRE branches are took part in the National Charity’s “Green Clean” litter picking project. The objectives are to help clean up England’s countryside and green spaces and record details on what’s littered to help influence solutions for the litter crisis – particularly evidence to support the deposit scheme for bottles and cans.
CPRE Warwickshire agreed to participate but our resources or lack of them has meant we have linked up with the charity that is dedicated to litter pick – “Rubbish Friends”. They have a tremendous record and a growing team of supporters (for instance their Stratford team have picked over 1000 bags of rubbish this year alone!) and rather than try and replicate what they do, we asked them for their help with the project and they kindly agreed to do so.
We joined the Stratford group on their August litter pick on what must have been one of the worst weather days this summer, but still about twenty volunteers came out and we picked about twenty bags of litter, ten to be recycled and ten of general waste.
The September litter pick coincided with our major fund raising FunRide day on Sunday 30th, so we were not be able to support them this month, but Rubbish Friends undertook the recording of types of bottle/can required so we will be able to submit data to National CPRE.
CPRE National arranged for the ‘Reverse Vending Machine’ to be present so there is money to be made! We think it is ten pence for every item.