Warwickshire Trip

Date: August 21, 2021

Time: 12.00

Location: Warwickshire

Day Trip to Chesterton Windmill and Farnborough Hall, ending with a cream tea at a local village hall. All enquiries to Andrew Plumridge at plumridge@architect-uk.com

One member £18.00 GBP
Two members £36.00 GBP
NT Member £12.00 GBP
Two NT Members £24.00 GBP

Buckingham Palace trip (Now sold out)

Date: September 13, 2021

Time: 13.45

Location: London

Andrew Plumridge has secured 25 tickets for a group of us to tour the gardens of Buckingham Palace on Monday, 13 September, starting at 1:45pm. Whilst the only folly there is the Admiralty Seat, the gardens are special enough for us to regard this as a social event to bring members together after the long lockdown.

The Annual Garden Party

Date: September 4, 2021

Iford Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Saturday 4rd September - Note this has been rescheduled due to the delay in the freeing up of Covid regualtions. If you have already booked, your payment will still be valid for the later date.
This year we are honoured to be the guests of Folly Fellow Elizabeth Cartwright-Hignett, the owner of one Wiltshire’s finest private houses. The Italianate garden, created by architect Harold Peto, with buildings and sculptures which evoke the Mediterranean, is well known.  Less well-known are the Elizabeth’s artistic creations in her kitchen garden, which contains some intriguing features and cleverly devised shell and mosaic work in The Pavilion of the Green Man. For a full account, See Jonathan Holt’s Wiltshire Follies available through the FF website.
Enquiries to jonathanholt3@gmail.com

Options (click on the double headed arrow for guest and child prices)
Member £25.00 GBP
Guest £30.00 GBP
Child £15.00 GBP

How I Built My Folly – by Alan Terrill

Date: May 23, 2021

Time: 14.30 -15.30

Location: Online

This is a repeat of the talk I gave to the FF last December, but this time for the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust. The talk is free but you must email the Bucks Trust in advance to get on the list. If you missed the talk first time round, here's your chance to catch it again.
If you would like to book, please contact Rosemary Jury: events@bucksgardenstrust.org.uk

Rivington Terraced Gardens: Past Present and Future , a talk by Graham of the Friends of Rivington Garden.

Date: May 27, 2021

Time: 19.00

Location: Online

Unforgettable Gardens, Wales – Plas Cadnant by Anthony Tavernor

Date: April 14, 2021

Time: 19.00 -20.30

Location: Online

Just across the Menai Suspension Bridge that connects Anglesey to the North Wales mainland. lies Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens which under the ownership of have Anthony Tavernor have undergone a dramatic transformation over the last quarter of a century takings the near-derelict property back to their breath-taking former glory. The gardens containing contrasting formal and picturesque elements and extend to some 10 acres. Journey with through Plas Cadnant’s history from the early 19th Century, through to its decline and to the rediscovery and restoration of the gardens over the last 25 years. Also learn about the Boxing Day flood of 2015; Royal visit in 2017; and plans for the future of the gardens.

Public Parks in Milton Keynes by Claire de Carle

Date: May 8, 2021

Time: 19.30

Location: Online

Following the Bucks Gardens Trust successful application to Historic England as part of ‘The Compiling the Record project’ and the subsequent recognition of Campbell Park, Milton Keynes as Grade II on the Register of Parks and Gardens. This talk will examine the designed landscape of the park and other green spaces across the town, including Central MK’s, Willen Lakes, Ouzel Valley, Newlands Tree Cathedral and Caldecott Lake all of which have been researched by our volunteers.

The talk will include maps and aerial photos of the parks and will highlight their designed features, in particular the sculptures, using beautiful photographs courtesy of the MK’s Parks Trust. We shall also look at how the Parks Trust have coped with the challenges of successfully managing, continuing to renovate and maintain the wonderful parks and open spaces for all to enjoy now and in the future.

Another virtual Tour of Shropshire Follies and Curiosities. By Claire Terrill

Date: April 24, 2021

Time: 19.30 -20.30

Location: Online

Another imaginary tour going from Shropshire south along the borders with Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire.

Creation of a late 18th century genteel suburb in Camberwell, South London – a talk by Peter Cooke

Date: April 10, 2021

Time: 19.30

Location: Online

This talk describes the 18thC development of Camberwell Grove and the surrounding streets.  It focuses on a suburban development of houses, cottages orné and terraces of various styles together with a Mansion, with garden ornaments and follies