Glorious Gardens Project Launch
A symposium at Chatelherault on Sunday 29th March marks the launch of Glorious Gardens – a project that explores the hidden designed landscapes that are at risk of being lost forever in the Clyde and Avon valleys.
Over the next two years, Northlight Heritage, in partnership with Heritage Lottery funded Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership, will be working with volunteers to research and record over 20 of the lesser-known gardens and designed landscapes in the Partnership area.
Glorious Gardens will focus on properties which aren’t included in the Historic Scotland Gardens and Designed Landscapes Inventory such as Mauldslie, Cambusnethan Priory and Stonebyres, which still have elements of design, architecture and planting that relay rich stories about the times in which they were created and the people who made them.
Volunteers will play a vital role in the project - researching, surveying, recording and interpreting the sites and will be provided with equipment and training to do so.
Although no previous experience is necessary, volunteers will have the opportunity to focus on aspects that fit with any interests and skills they already have, such as photography, tree identification or archival research.
Donna Marshall, Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership Manager explains, “Through their work on Glorious Gardens, volunteers will make significant contributions to the National Monuments Record of Scotland which will help guide the future conservation of the sites.”
If you’re interested in helping to conserve this unique part of the Clyde and Avon valleys’ heritage, sign up for your free place at the Symposium by visiting the Glorious Gardens website at http://www.gloriousgardens.org/symposium.html. Numbers are limited, so booking is essential.