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NEWSLETTER NO. 19 AUGUST 2017

Heritage Open Day - 9 September

Join architectural historian Megan Aldrich for a guided tour of St Peter's Conservation Area, starting and finishing in Caversham Court Gardens.  There will be two tours, the first starts at 11.00 a.m.  The second begins at 2.30 p.m.
Numbers are limited for both tours, so please book places at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/caversham-architectural-tours-tickets-34950285244 
If you are unable to book using Eventbrite, contact the Friends by dropping a note into the mailbox in the Stable Yard at Caversham Court.

Volunteer guides from the Friends will be offering guided tours of the Gardens (including sensory tours for visually- and hearing-impaired people) from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.  There is mo need to book for these.  The Tea Kiosk will be open on the day.

Reading on Thames Festival
Saturday 16 September - events in Caversham Court Gardens

Latest information at http://readingplaceofculture.org/reading-on-thames-festival

11 a.m. to 3.00 p.m:  Abbey on Wheels
12 noon:  River Rhymetime
7.45 p.m. (doors open at 6.00 p.m.: River Stories - outdoor arts company Walk The Plank will be creating a special theatrical event inspired by the River Thames in Caversham Court Gardens, with lights, music, fire and pyrotechnics.  Tickets from reading arts.com or 0118 9606060.  Volunteer stewards are needed for this event, please e-mail Zsuzsi Lindsay at readingyoc2016@gmail.com if you would like to get involved.

Green Flag Award

Caversham Court Gardens have been awarded the Green Flag again this year, so have met the requirements for a clean, safe, well-managed garden every year  since they opened after refurbishment.  Green Heritage site accreditation was again awarded for the condition and interpretation of the historic features for the public to enjoy.

Cultural Awards

Caversham Court Gardens made the finals of the Reading 2017 Cultural Awards, in the Cultural Space category.  The winner was SITELINES, a programme of theatre in unusual spaces run by South Street Arts Centre.

The Gardens

The Gardens have been looking very neglected this season, partly because Head Gardener Will Paice unfortunately injured his shoulder in the spring, and has had difficulties working since.  Poor weather has hampered the small group of volunteer gardeners who come on Wednesday mornings.  The Friends committee has expressed its concerns to the Parks Department, who are doing their best in difficult circumstances.  If you ave any comments, please send them to the RBC Parks Department, and copy us in.

The White Border 
The new white border is looking good in contrast to the rest of the gardens.  It consists of birches (Betula jacquemontii) and hydrangeas (Hydrangea alba) and is situated beyond the Tea Kiosk.  It offers a welcome focus for the eye, rather than the buildings behind it.  The border has been underplanted with snowdrops to continue the white theme though the year.

Christmas Carols

The carol concert in Caversham Court Gardens will be held on Monday 18 December so make a note of the date in your diaries.  The choir of St Peter's Church and the Salvation Army band will be leading the singing again.

The Mulberry Tree

The tree survived the winter, and in the late spring sprouted glossy green leaves, many of them lobed or heavily indented, quite a different shape from the more usual heart-shaped mulberry leaves. It is common for there to be a variety of leaves on the same tree, especially on the lower branches or new shoots.  Thanks to John Evans for researching this for us.

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Caversham Tree Walk
Reading Tree Wardens have produced a leaflet for a walk around Caversham centre, pointing out some of the fine local trees. The walk is designed to end in Caversham Court Gardens, with its very fine collection of specimen trees.  Download the map at http://www.readingtree wardens.org.uk/walks/walk_caversham.htm


































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