The AGT signed up as a member of GreenLINK towards the end of last year. It's an organisation that brings together representatives from all kinds of green spaces - everything from historic gardens to urban parks, from wetlands to cemeteries and churchyards. We all agree that green spaces are vital for a healthy society. With so many cuts in funding, sharing information and speaking with one voice will help us all.
I was working on the Isle of Wight during the hot weather and stayed at Northcourt Manor in Shorwell. Those of you who came to the AGM and conference in October will remember John and Christine Harrison's Jacobean Manor with its magical gardens which were brought to their picturesque peak in the 18th century by Elizabeth Bull. They look just as good in spring as they did last autumn. If you are on the Isle of Wight at the end of August, they're open on Sunday 28th for NGS. They also provide an excellent B&B for groups or individuals. This year's AGM and conference, 'Power Gardening,' will be hosted by Oxfordshire Gardens Trust, in Oxford, from 2-4 September.