Events & lectures

Solanum crispum (Chilean Potato Vine)

Death in the Garden

By Michael Brown – Thursday 28 February 2019

Over the centuries poisonous plants have been used to remove an unwanted partner or rival, as aphrodisiacs, for pest control and the means to foretell the future or speak with the god.

Learn about the mysterious mandrake and how a pot of basil helped to conceal a savage murder, until …

Venue: Great Houghton Village Hall

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Cost: Members – free. Visitors are welcome – £5

Parking: Free

The Woodland Trust – Standing up for Trees

By Richard Tennant-Eyles – Tuesday 19 March

Richard is a volunteer for the Woodland Trust and will speak to us of the need for trees, their value and their importance to the woodlands in the United Kingdom today.

He will explain the history and the mission of The Woodland Trust and will explore the ancient woodland with its flora and fauna. We will gain an insight into The Charter for Trees and learn of some of the current projects of the Woodland Trust.

Venue: Great Houghton Village Hall

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Cost: Members – free. Visitors are welcome – £5

Parking: Free

Annual General Meeting

followed by

Conflicting stories: the representation and history of Britain’s Public Parks

By Dr. Katy Layton Jones – Thursday 4 April

Katy is a cultural historian and historical consultant whose services include the media, radio and television. She has been working on the history of public parks, their design, representation and funding since 2006, with the Universities of Liverpool and Leicester, Historic England and The Gardens Trust and has completed many publications on public parks.

She is a Board Advisor for The Parks Alliance and compiled , for The Gardens Trust. This was the focus for The Gardens Trust’s Study Day at Abington Park last May.

Venue: Great Houghton Village Hall

Time: 7.30 p.m.

Cost: Members – free. Visitors are welcome – £5

Parking: Free

Do come along to one of our events – see what you have been missing …

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Celebrating Repton at 'the place where fun was invented'

Repton's view of Finedon Hall

Dovecote Farm

Old Stone Barn

If these sound interesting, why not join us?







Through the series of lectures and visits I learned a great deal more about the man (Lancelot Capability Brown) and his ideals and in turn this gave me a greater understanding and appreciation of the history behind what we take for granted, as the ‘English’ landscape." Gwen