Summer Events 2016

Alexandra Road Park

Monday 2 May 2.30pm

Alexandra Road Park

Leader Neil Davidson, Partner J & L Gibbons, Lead consultant for the restoration of Alexandra Road Park.

Alexandra Road Park was designed and built in the late 1970s and is at the heart of the large Grade II* listed Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate. The original design was by Janet Jack. It has recently been completely restored thanks to a grant from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. It reopened in July 2015.

Price: £6.31 (including booking fees)


Saturday 21 May, 2pm

Syon House

Exploring Arcadian Thames: Discovering Capability Brown

Continuing the theme of the past two years and to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, Chris Sumner and Susan Darling, garden historians, and Sally Williams, Keeper of the Inventory, London Parks & Gardens Trust, will lead a walk along the Thames towpath from Kew to Richmond to view what remains of the landscapes designed by Brown for the Duke of Northumberland at Syon on the west (or Middlesex) bank and for King George III at Richmond Gardens on the east (or Surrey) bank. Richmond Gardens was later divided to form parts of what are now the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and the Old Deer Park, Richmond. Susan Darling will talk about the discoveries she has made about Brown’s work at Syon during her recent researches in the Northumberland archives at Alnwick Castle. The walk commences at Kew Green and finishes at Richmond, but there will not be time to visit either Kew Gardens or Syon Park on this occasion.

Duration: approx. 2½ hours.

Meeting point: Meet at 2pm outside the Cricketers Pub, Kew Green, TW9 3AH.

Nearest stations: Kew Bridge, Kew Gardens.

Price: £5 + booking fees


This event is being organised for the Chelsea Fringe by the London Parks & Gardens Trust in association with The Gardens Trust.

Further reading on Brown at Syon

Jubilee Gardens

Wednesday 1 June, 6pm

Lambeth Riverside

Leader Mike Dawson, Chairman LPGT

An evening stroll exploring parks and open spaces along the riverside. The walk will include Jubilee Gardens, the Festival of Britain site, St Thomas’s Hospital, Lambeth Palace and the Garden Museum, and Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park at the Imperial War Museum, together with a number of new community open spaces.

Price: £6.31 (including booking fee)


Wednesday 22 June, 6-6.30pm

The London Parks & Gardens Trust AGM 2016

The Gallery, 70-77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL (by kind permission of Alan Baxter)

Price: Free to all members



Wednesday 22 June, 6.30–7.30pm

The Trust Annual Summer Lecture

The Gallery, 70-77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL (by kind permission of Alan Baxter)

David Lambert (Parks Agency) will address the subject of the funding crisis as it affects London’s parks.

London Parks under Threat: Rethinking in the Light of History

Five years of budget cuts in the name of austerity have put unprecedented pressure on local services, and parks are especially vulnerable. This talk will look at the current position, including HLF-sponsored research into alternative strategies, in the light of the history of park development.

Price: £11.43 (including booking fee)


Refreshments in the Courtyard, 7.30–8.30 pm.

Hall Place

Tuesday 5 July, 2.30pm

Hall Place Bexley

Leader Tony Neild, Estate Manager, Bexley Heritage Trust

The Tudor Mansion dates from 1573. Lady Limerick lived in the house in the thirties and laid out much of the garden. The grounds became a public park in 1952, and topiary Queen’s Beasts were created in 1953. The park has a wide range of formal and informal gardens. The Gardens are Grade II listed.

Price: £6.31 (including booking fee)


Sunday 21 August, 1.30pm

Beckenham Place Park

Leader: Mal Mitchell, Friends of Beckenham Place Park

The estate dates back to the middle ages. The current house was built betweenin 1760-62 by John Cator, son in law of the renowned Peter Collinson, a friend and correspondent of Carl Linnaeus. Beckenham Place has been a public park since 1927 and has an interesting, if somewhat chequered, history. The buildings show many signs of neglect and decay; but the park, with its ancient woodland and meadow areas, is a green jewel among the surrounding urban sprawl. The Friends of BPP started in 1996 and have a volunteer-run visitor centre in the mansion.

Price: £6.31 (including booking fee)


Pitzhanger Manor

Wednesday 14 September, 2.30pm

Pitzhanger Manor and Walpole Park

Leader Sarah Couch, author of the Conservation Management Plan and a member of the project team.

Pitzhanger Manor was the architect John Soane’s rural retreat in Ealing. Here he built a villa in his own distinctive style and adapted the grounds with the help of John Haverfield. The park, which is the focus of this visit, has been repaired and work on the Manor House is underway, with the intention of reuniting the villa with its Regency setting.

Price: £6.31 (including booking fee)


Canary Wharf

Saturday 1 October, 2.30pm

Art in the Gardens at Canary Wharf

Leader Sally Williams, Keeper of the LPGT Inventory & Public Art Consultant at Canary Wharf Group plc.

A walk taking in the variety of Canary Wharf’s landscaped spaces, each of which exhibits a different character, be it garden square, paved piazza, urban park or roof garden. Each is the setting for works in Canary Wharf Group’s permanent art collection, or sculptures on temporary exhibition.

Price: £6.31 (including booking fee)


View of Syon House across the Thames near Kew Gardens (c. 1760) by Richard Wilson Oil on canvas, 104 x 139 cm. Neue Pinakothek, Munich

Sunday 2 October 2016 10.00am–4.30pm

LPGT Study Day: ‘Capability’ Brown and river landscapes at Richmond: London and Braunschweig (Brunswick)

Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF

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Price: £40.00 including lunch and refreshments.