There are two forthcoming Area Events for March 2019, details of which can be found below:


Subject: Yorkshire Gardens Trust

Dear All

In recent months, the area team have been looking to make links with other organisations in our area with a view to both sharing our expertise and attracting potential new members to The Arts Society.

As a result of meetings that Sally Craig, Area HV Representative, and I have had with the Yorkshire Gardens Trust, Arts Society members in our area have been invited to join a training day that is being held at Bramham Park on 12th March.  I realise that this is very short notice but we have only just been sent the details which I am attaching.

Claire Wesley (Area Secretary and Chair of Ebor) has kindly volunteered to represent the area on 12th Marchas neither Sally nor I can do so.  Sally has forwarded the information to society HVs.  However, if you feel able to circulate the attached information to your committee and members, there may well be others who are interested.  It does look a most fascinating day and not expensive at £10 a head.


Inspiration and Planning:
What Future for our Historic Parks and Gardens?
The conservation of historic designed landscapes and the role of the Gardens Trusts

12th March 2019,

An Historic Landscape Project Training Day, With Yorkshire Gardens Trust

Bramham Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 6ND – an internationally important park and garden

Background: Despite their popularity, the historic parks and gardens that we love are easily lost, as they are vulnerable to decay, development, and a lack of understanding. That they survive is testimony to decades of effort by professionals and dedicated amateurs, including members of the County Gardens Trusts. Every year, the Gardens Trust receives some 1500 planning applications that may affect historic parks and gardens, and this figure is expected to rise. With the economic crisis bringing a hammer blow to the availability of skilled resources in the conservation sector, is this make or break time for historic parks and gardens?

Aim: Visiting a fabulous park and garden and appreciating what makes it special helps us understand only too clearly how easy it is for it to be spoilt by inappropriate development. This day is intended to introduce some conservation issues facing the historic parks and gardens we so enjoy, and to offer ways in which we might help protect sites we care about. By looking at a real site, delegates will gain a broad understanding of key conservation issues and can think about and discuss what tools we could use to tackle possible threats. The day will explain just how important a role County Gardens Trusts play, and how the work they do helps The Gardens Trust protect the gardens we treasure. Delegates will leave with a fresh insight into historic parks and gardens, and some ideas as to how they can get involved.

This training day, including lunch and viewing some of the park and garden, is part-funded by Yorkshire Gardens Trust (YGT) and is free of charge to their members,
or £10 for non-members.

Enquiries or bookings to

Inspiration and Planning:
What Future for our Historic Parks and Gardens?


9.45am Arrival with tea, coffee and biscuits

10.15am Welcome (Tamsin McMillan, Historic Landscape Project Officer, the Gardens Trust, and Nick Lane Fox of Bramham Park & Vice President of YGT)

10.20am Threats to historic parks and gardens (David Lambert, historic landscape consultant and the Conservation Committee member, the Gardens Trust)
An introduction to the wide variety of planning and management threats affecting historic designed landscapes

11.10am Conserving Historic Parks and Gardens (Chris Mayes, Landscape Architect for the North of England, Historic England)
Using policy to protect HPGs; and the importance of understanding significance

12.00am Comfort break

12.10pm Bramham Park: a brief history, and challenges of protection, conservation and planning (Nick Lane Fox)

12.30pm Tour of Bramham Park (Nick Lane Fox, with HLP staff and Susan Kellerman, YGT volunteer)
A guided walking tour around parts of the park and gardens, with a discussion of actual and theoretical planning issues

1.30pm Lunch & further time to look outside

2.30pm Crucial Role of the Gardens Trust and County Gardens Trusts (Margie Hoffnung, the Gardens Trust, Conservation Officer)
The Gardens Trust as a statutory consultee and the vital input of CGT volunteers

3.15pm Yorkshire Gardens Trust: How we work with volunteers
(Val Hepworth, YGT Chair)
How YGT manages planning cases. Exercise: which developments do we think are acceptable, and which not?

4.00pm Tea and Cake, with final discussion (Tamsin McMillan)

4.30pm Close

Enquiries or bookings to

And look out for Part 2 of our Planning Training, in summer 2019, taking volunteers step by step through the nitty gritting of writing an effective planning letter.

The Theatre Royal York: Past, Present and Future
We invite to join us for a Study Day
on Friday 22 March 2019
Find out about the fascinating history of the Theatre Royal, from the Romans through to the present day.
Discover the Georgian folly backstage, learn why a stage is called a deck and why you must never whistle in a theatre.
Listen to a talk by Angus Morrogh-Ryan, the leading architect for the theatre’s £4.1 million renovations that have transformed into a building fit for the 21st Century and, finally, take a tour of the Theatre and discover what happens both front and back stage.
Tickets are available from 1st  January 2019
£38 for Arts Society members
£40 for non-members
(ticket price includes coffee on arrival)
To reserve your place please contact Joanna Finlay
or telephone her on 01904 641865