The historic landscapes we all love are under pressure not just from development but also neglect, vandalism, change of use, misguided interventions, roads,  climate change, and even legislation.  Whilst that might sound gloomy there are also many ways in which these threats can be mitigated or even avoided. In this talk Maggie Hoffnung takes a broad look at the situation, while highlighting a very important aspect of historic landscapes and the work the GT/OGT does to protect them.

Margie Hoffnung completed a 4 year Horticulture Degree at Writtle College, after working at Westonbirt Arboretum. Her sandwich placement was with Rosemary Verey, the well-known plantswoman, author and garden designer, with whom she continued to work for over a decade until Rosemary’s death.  She also spent some years at Highgrove as both gardener and garden guide for HRH The Prince of Wales, as well as manning Jekka McVicar’s herb stand at flower shows like Chelsea and Hampton Court for several seasons.  She subsequently completed a Masters degree in the Conservation of Historic Gardens & Cultural Landscapes at Bath and since 2013 has worked for the Garden History Society (now the Gardens Trust) and is their Conservation Officer.  In this role she liaises closely with County Gardens Trusts all round England and responds to planning applications which might affect listed historic designed landscapes, to make sure as far as possible, that these proposals do not have an adverse effect on those sites or their settings.  She is the Chair of the Gloucestershire Gardens & Landscape Trust as well as being a regular speaker to gardening societies on a variety of topics as well speaking on conservation issues relating to historic gardens to heritage bodies.

The lecture will be via zoom.  To book please visit OGT Events on EventCube

Members of other Gardens Trusts can book at OGT members rate.  An email with joining information will be sent 3-5 days before the lecture, including the link and guidance.