Gardening and Historic Garden Preservation: Turn End and Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust

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Gardening and Historic Garden Preservation: Turn End and Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust Buckinghamshire History Festival

Gardens are important but highly changeable elements of our physical and cultural landscape; can the needs of gardeners and historians ever reconcile?   Claire de Carle of Buckinghamshire Garden Trust talks with Jackie Hunt, Gardener at Turn End in Haddenham.  Claire and Jackie discuss recent research by the Buckinghamshire Garden Trust into mid to late 20th century gardens and designed landscapes in the county and focus on Peter's Aldington's Turn End, the only post-war English Listed house and garden created by the same hand. What other projects in Buckinghamshire have been proposed for recognition and protection? What was architect Peter Aldington's ethos for creating his village houses and garden in Haddenham in the 1960s?  How can we help raise awareness and recognition of post war landscape projects?   **18 mins**  

Jackie originally studied archaeology and worked as a museum curator in London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire for 11 years.

Whilst working at Wycombe Museum in High Wycombe she developed a strong interest in furniture and studied furniture design at Buckinghamshire New University whilst re-training as a gardener. After running her own gardening business and working locally for the National Trust she became Gardener at Turn End in 2010.

Jackie enjoys the very varied work, mostly hands-on gardening but also helping manage the estate, hosting group visits and events and working with Turn End Trust on strategic planning and fundraising.

Claire de Carle MA is a garden historian, with a keen interest in horticulture, art and social history. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust Research & Recording project in 2013 which has produced reports on around 100 locally important historic gardens, her work for the project includes mentoring and training the volunteers. She now advises other county garden trusts on setting up similar projects.
For the last two years she has been the vice chair of the trust and she will shortly take over as chair.

She enjoys writing articles about her research into little known historic landscape gardens and more recently she has set up two other projects: Artists and their Gardens and Public Parks in Buckinghamshire. She also lectures to local groups about Buckinghamshire gardens and Maud Grieve, the herbalist who was the subject of her dissertation.

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