An important aspect of the Trust is our Events Programme. We run a series of lectures, visits and social events throughout the year, to which guests are always welcome. These can include visits to sites where public access is limited.

We have garden visits throughout the year, spring and autumn lectures and a “Celebrity Lecture” at Leicester University. Previous speakers at this lecture have included Kim Wilkie, Chris Beardshaw, James Alexander Sinclair and Troy Scott Smith, to name but a few.

We also have an annual garden visiting holiday and two purely social events each year. See recent past events here. These contribute to our original aim when setting up the Trust to be a welcoming group.

Date/Time Event
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dower House at Melbourne and Melbourne Hall
The Dower House, Melbourne Derbyshire
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Autumn Lecture: "The Chrysanthemum in Art and Culture" by Twigs Way
Leicester Bowling Club, Leicester
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Chris Beardshaw gives our Annual Lecture on The English Garden at Leicester University
sir bob burgress building, Leicester Leicestershire
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Friends Evening
Leicester Bowling Club, Leicester
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Leicester Bowling Club, Leicester
All Day
Rutland Water Study Day (date to be confirmed)

News and Past Events

Bridgewater, Chatsworth and Felley Priory trip

Good Morning Steve Just to say a great big thank you to the L&RGT committee for arranging a superb couple of days visiting Bridgewater, Chatsworth and Felley Priory.   I had a great time, and managed to restrain my plant purchases, but buying the same plants from RHS Bridgewater, and then smaller, but 1/2 the price @ Felley Priory!  I will try to keep track and see which are most successful!  They all had a good drink when…

Trip to Kelmscott Manor and Buscot Park

The weather was perfect and 28 members had a very successful trip to Kemscott Manor and Buscot Park near Lechlade. It was and early start at 8:00am but this enabled us to spend more time there. Kelmscott Manor Kelmscott Manor has had a major restoration. The following is taken from the Observer on 26th March 2022 and describes some of the changes that we saw: For William Morris, the Oxfordshire village of Kelmscott was “heaven…

Annual 2022 Lecture: Bridgewater Garden: Horticulture, Landscape and Wildlife

We were very lucky to have Marcus Chilton-Jones the curator of the new RHS Garden Bridgewater giving this lecture. Around 120 people enjoyed a fantastic presentation on the development and future of Bridgewater. This is an important event for raising funds for our education programme. We have not got all the costs in yet but anticipate making at least £500. Thanks to all of you who attended and helped sell tickets. A few of his…

Village walk round Mountsorrell led by Janet Spavold followed by full afternoon tea 2022

28 friends joined this walk. The sun stayed out and Janet gave us a great explanation of the development of Mountsorrell. The town developed around a major transport route which required 32 large coaching inns to service the travellers. The town was also divided by two manors. The North Manor was gifted by William the Conqueror to his nephew who developed the manor and many very large houses remain today and were pointed out to…

Guided walk of Thrussington 2021

I always enjoy our annual village walk  and now, when I drive through some of the ones we have looked at,  I feel a certain sense of satisfaction  of knowing something of their past.    Janet Spavold, whose background is in medieval and local history, lead us on a walk through Thrussington last Sunday.   She took us to a series of cottages and houses dating from the medieval to a slightly incongruous  Arts and Crafts house of the…

Visit to RHS Bridgewater

This is a very intriguing photograph of new RHS garden, Bridgewater, which the L.R.G,T. is due to on Auguest 12th 2021 . For obvious reasons this year’s visit had to be cancelled. It was also unfortunate that we we had to cancel the Hoby tea this year, when Marcus Clinton Jones, the then recently appointed Head gardener was to be the speaker. However this photograph (click on image for a full size image) has wetted…

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