Kew Guild newsletter, April 2018

The time has flown by since the previous newsletter and our able secretary tactfully reminded me to get cracking on another!

The Scilly Isles tour has finally arrived and next week sees members and friends setting out to sample the delights that the Islands have to offer. Brian Phillips has done a grand job in organising this tour and I look forward to a few evenings with our hosts over there. The weather looks fair, at least better than the past few weeks.

The Annual Dinner 2018

What would I have done without Tony Overland in the organiser’s seat? He has been a stalwart member of the Guild, always on hand to keep me on the straight and narrow.

There is free access to the Garden on the day of the Dinner, with a chance to visit the newly furbished Temperate House and all the delights the Gardens have to offer. I hope to see many of you at the event as the plant collector/plantaholic Tom Hart Dyke will be the main speaker with Honorary Fellowships being given to Professor James Hitchmough and Professor Nigel Dunnett from Sheffield University Landscape Department. Click here for the Dinner application form and menu.

The Kew Guild Medal is awarded to Martin Duncan, Head Gardener at Arundel Castle who will be supported by his family and friends and also his employers the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk. The George Brown Lectern has been engraved with the name of the recipient, Sandy Atkins.

I am keen to promote student participation within the Guild, not only through the Awards Committee and funding but to meet with students and offer them the chance to ‘pick the brains’ of old and present Kewites… there is a great deal of expertise out there waiting to be tapped. Please, if you are interested in participating and sharing your knowledge, please contact me in the first instance. In particular I am looking for a volunteer to become involved with the Kew Mutual Society which, I know, was a prominent feature of your time at Kew. It involves about five visits to Kew, in the evening, further details from me, (It could be a job share)

Other events:

In June, a weekend of Hertfordshire delights is being planned by Bob Ivison and co-ordinated by Brian Phillips. Details will be available soon.

Kew Guild AGM, 2018

This year the AGM is being held at Wakehurst Place on Saturday 8th September 2018. The itinerary for the weekend is being put together now and details will be uploaded to the web site as soon as they are finalised. I am  hoping to recruit more Guild members at Wakehurst and hopefully foster greater communication between the Guild and the staff there.

Sylvia has done a sterling promotion job in promoting the Guild in the Herbarium and the Jodrell and I thank her wholeheartedly for her dedication to the task in hand.

Nominations for Trustees to be elected at the AGM should be sent to the Secretary. The job of a Trustee is not to be taken lightly as we endeavour to revitalise the Guild under the new Constitution Rules.

As a final note, the new data protection rules and regulations come into effect on May 25th and changes to the law mean we will be contacting our members detailing our privacy policy and asking for permission to stay in touch. The Secretary will be contacting you soon.

Best wishes to you all for a successful and sunny summer!

Jean Griffin, President 2017-18.