Members at the Kings Weston Research and Recording Study Day in 2015 (photo: Wendy Smale)

The Trust holds regular visits and meetings to inform our members. Guests are always welcome to attend and join us in visits to some parks and gardens not normally open to the public.

Booking is required for these visits so we can cater for the numbers attending. Please use the booking forms linked from each event and you will receive further details and confirmation of your place.

Advanced booking for future AGT events is advised, but late booking can always be accepted if space on the event allows.

E-mail our Events Coordinator, Peter Hills for more information about Avon Gardens Trust Events

Events for 2017

Wednesday 2 August, 4pm

Annual General Meeting at The Pavilions

Thanks to the generosity of Computershare, our AGM will be held on their premises, the former regional headquarters of the Central Electricity Generating Board on the outskirts of Bristol. This iconic building, designed in the mid-seventies, received a Grade II listing from Historic England in 2015.

When the building was being planned, among the main design principles was that the structure's visual impact on the surrounding landscape should be minimal and that there needed to be complete integration between building and site.

This resulted in the creation of an 'invisible' car park, the introduction of a continuous perimeter plant box to soften the link between building and landscape, and an extensive planting scheme both outside and inside the building.

After the AGM, members and guests will be taken on a guided tour of the building which will include the social areas at the rear of the building where the former dining room, bar area and swimming pool all survive remarkably intact. The building even had its own war bunker, as its unusual design apparently made it a potential target for Soviet missiles during the Cold War!

Admission to the AGM is free, but the cost of the tour and refreshments, including a donation to Change A Life, Computershare’s chosen charity, £6 for members, £8 for guests.

Please book using the form here by 28 July

More about The Pavilions: at Parks & Gardens UK here; at Historic England here; the article in our Autumn 2015 Bulletin here (page 16)

Saturday 21 October, 2pm

South Kelding

South Kelding in Upton Cheyney is a young 7 acre garden set on a hillside with stunning panoramic views from its upper levels. There are herbaceous and shrub beds, prairie-style scree beds, orchard, native copses and a small arboretum grouped by continents. Beyond the arboretum lies a large wildlife pond and a boundary stream which runs through woodland featuring shade and moisture-loving plants.

Autumn colour features in the red and yellow-stemmed dogwoods, spindle copses, acers, rowans and liquidambers, with the white, pink and coppery textured bark of different birch tree species providing an attractive contrast to the changing leaf colours. Up by the house the bergenias, echinaceas and sedums in the scree beds offset the waving flowerheads and stems of Miscanthus and Stipa grasses.

Cost, to include refreshments, £8 for members, £10 for guests.

Please book using the form here by 16 October

South Kelding at the NGS website here

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