Talks & Lectures 2021-22

If members wish to hear a particular speaker please let us know via the contact page and we will see what we can do.

Monday 8th November

Our Heritage – in private and public hands. A talk by Gail Stoten
Gail Stoten is Executive Director Heritage with Pegasus Group and has kindly agreed to come and speak about matters touching on areas of concern to members of GGLT, and The Gardens Trust nationally, such as development involving historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes.

Pegasus Group’s heritage specialists act for private and public clients, advising widely in respect of heritage issues, providing specialist services to owners, custodians and developers with regard to historic buildings, landscapes and archaeology.

This should be a timely and interesting evening to launch our new season of lectures and Zoom talks.

Monday 13th December

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Timothy Walker
(1988 Timothy became the Horti Praefectus (director) of The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, a post he held for 26 years until July 2014.)
– The natural history, botany, and folklore of the plants that surround us at Christmas.
Apart from the pear tree in which sat the partridge, there are no plants in the 12 days of Christmas according to the folk song. Sadly, even that reference is erroneous, because partridges are ground dwelling birds. And yet at Christmas we are surrounded by plants. This talk puts the record straight and rewrites the zoocentric song replacing partridges with poinsettias, and maids with mistletoe.

Monday 10th January 2022. (By Zoom)

Unlocking the secret garden at the museum in the park by Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward is the Museum Development Manager for the Museum in the Park, Stroud.
Kevin will cover the history of the park, mansion house and garden before providing an insight into the work undertaken during the walled garden project, providing the perfect background and context before members have the opportunity of a guided visit to the Walled Garden later in the year.

Monday 7th February 2022. (By Zoom)

Planning and the future for Parks and Historic Landscapes by Margie Hoffnung
The English government is unhappy with the planning system! One wonders who is happy with the current state of affairs…… In this talk, Margie will attempt to examine the new planning white paper and its possible implications for historic landscapes, parks and gardens. How will these changes impact on future developments………A tricky subject which tends to stir up passions from us all

Monday 7th March 2022. (Hall)

The Whiteway Colony – the challenge of developing a garden within….. by Sue Spielberg
Sue will talk to us about the interesting concept of designing and making her own garden for a new house which was as yet unbuilt in the Whiteway. This talk will be followed by the opportunity for a group of members to visit the garden later in 2022.
Having gained the Kew Diploma in Horticulture in the early 1990s, Sue went on to work for a gardening magazine in London before starting a family and moving back to Cirencester. Since then she has been working as a freelancer, writing articles, advising on gardens as well as designing gardens and planting schemes both for her own clients and for Portus+Whitton Landscape Architects in Cirencester. She also maintains the borders at Covertside for John and Lyn Sales.

Monday 11th April 2022. (Hall)

The Grounds of Westonbirt School. by Margie Hoffnung
Westonbirt School situated not far from Tetbury in Gloucestershire has been developed through time. A Historical Introduction to the Gardens and the Holford Legacy – using archive material a talk showing how the Holford family created these extraordinary gardens.
This talk concludes our series of lectures for 2021 – 2022. Our 2022 – 2023 series will commence in November 2022.
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Talk Details

  • Doors open 7.00pm. Start time is 7.15pm.
  • Tickets: £5 (members), £10 (non-members). Includes refreshments.
  • Talks are illustrated, amplified and open to all


All talks are held at:

St Luke’s Church Hall
St Luke’s Place
GL53 7HP

Close to Cheltenham Hospital. 25 parking spaces and disabled access.