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VISIT OF HRH THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE TO KING HENRY'S WALK GARDEN

We were delighted to see King Henry's Walk Garden, one of our grant recipients, in the news recently when HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visited the garden to see how the project brings people together through gardening and food growing.

The visit also marked the announcement that The Duchess will be co-designing the RHS Back to Nature Garden at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.


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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge with Sue Biggs, Director General of the RHS and Nicola Freshwater, a Trustee of King Henry's Walk Garden and also an MPGA Committee Member.

Pictures courtesy RHS/Suzanne Plunkett.


136th Annual General Meeting

Our 136th Annual General Meeting held on 2 October at Nomura International plc was well attended by MPGA members, several London Mayors and representatives of many gardening organisations.

Click here to view our Annual Report and Accounts for 2017, which includes details of grants given.

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Cllr Dilip Patel (LB Havering), Cllr Sally Littlejohn (LB Waltham Forest), Cllr Reuben Thompstone (LB Barnet), Cllr Jenny Headlam-Wells (LB Camden)



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MPGA President Hugh Johnson OBE


Prior to the meeting, our guests were delighted to have the opportunity to visit the very impressive Nomura Roof Garden. Our thanks to Nomura for their superb hospitality in giving us the use of their stunning reception room, with outstanding views over the Thames.

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Nomura Roof Garden - picture courtesy of Diana Jarvis



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Sun setting over the Thames


THE LONDON SPADE AWARD was granted to the Garden Museum for their successful redevelopment, providing better accommodation and greater benefits for the local community. The Spade was accepted by Christopher Woodward, the energetic and inspired Director of the Museum.

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Christopher Woodward (right) accepting the Spade on behalf of the Garden Museum from MPGA President Hugh Johnson OBE .

Christopher Woodward was also our Speaker this year and gave the audience a great deal to think about. A Reception was held following the meeting giving guests the opportunity to mingle and network.



135th Annual General Meeting

Our 135th Annual General Meeting was held on 12 October at Regent's University and was well attended by MPGA members, London Mayors and representatives of many gardening organisations.

Click here to view our Annual Report and Accounts for 2016, which includes details of grants given.

THE LONDON SPADE AWARD was given this year to Taylors Bulbs, our partner in the Bulbs for London initiative.

Spade Award

Roger Taylor of Taylors Bulbs (left), accompanied by Sue Taylor (right) accepting the Spade from MPGA President Hugh Johnson (centre)

 

The Speaker was Tim Richardson author, editor and journalist, who founded the Chelsea Fringe six years ago.

 

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Speaker Tim Richardson with ex Committee Member and recently appointed Vice-President Rosie Atkins


Annual General Meeting 2015


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to view our Annual Report and Accounts for 2014, which includes details of grants given.

Our 133rd Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 21 October at The St Bride’s Foundation and was well attended by MPGA members, London Mayors and representatives of many gardening organisations.

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The Spade Award was presented to Bankside Open Spaces Trust.
From left to right: Paul Ely, Acting Director of BOST, William Fraser OBE, Chair MPGA, Hugh Johnson OBE, President MPGA


2015 AGM

left to right: MPGA Vice President Wesley Kerr OBE, Shirley Brihi, MPGA, Penny Fraser, William Fraser OBE, MPGA Chair


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Speaker: Daniel Raven-Ellison, National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Founder of the Greater London National Park City Initiative, on which he spoke








CONGRATULATIONS TO VICTORIA PARK!

Green Flag Award More than 200 parks in London have been recognised among the best green spaces in the country and have received Green Flag awards.

In a public vote VICTORIA PARK in East London's Tower Hamlets beat off stiff competition from other Green Flag Award winners across the country to be crowned THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE 2015! Victoria Park is 170 years old – even older than the MPGA!

Victoria Park


Annual General Meeting 2014


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to view our Annual Report and Accounts for 2013, which includes details of grants given.

 

Our 132nd Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 7 October at The Mansion House and was well attended by MPGA members, London Mayors and representatives of many gardening organisations.

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The Spade Award was presented to Anne Holman, Campaign Manager for London in Bloom, by Lord Davidson.....

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Roger Taylor, Director of Taylors Bulbs of Holbeach, who are partners in our Bulbs for London scheme, spoke about his long established family firm....




Annual General Meeting 2013

Our 131st Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 2 October at The Maughan Library in Chancery Lane.

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Councillor Charles Williams, Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, with the Mayoress Mrs June Williams and Ray Brodie, Park Manager of Kensington Gardens and Brompton Cemetery.



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The London Spade Award was presented to Barbara Wright, Chairman of the Rookery Centenary Committee, to celebrate the 2013 centenary and restoration of the Rookery Garden in Streatham, London Borough of Lambeth



 


The Old Church Memorial Garden Marylebone High Street

Following the granting of a Bench for the restoration of the Old Church Memorial Garden in Marylebone High Street, Marjorie Dowbiggin (Treasurer) and Shirley Brihi (Publicity) were invited to the official opening in November 2012. The report from the local newspaper, The Wood & Vale, is shown below:

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LONDON'S CALLING
By Timothy Brittain-Catlin

A review of the book

THE LONDON SQUARE: GARDENS IN THE MIDST OF TOWN
By Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

which appeared in the July 2012 edition of 'World of Interiors' and features London Squares with which we have been involved over the years.

We are delighted that World of Interiors has given us permission to reproduce this article.

Please click here to view the article.



 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2012

Our Annual General Meeting was held on 19 September at The Garden Museum in Lambeth  

BulldogWe were extremely fortunate in that our 2012 AGM was supported by Bulldog Tools Ltd, who also donated the spade for our Spade Award. Bulldog Tools have been producing high quality hand crafted garden tools in their Wigan factory for over 200 years. They also won a Gold Medal at Chelsea in 2011 for their Forge Garden. We extend to them our very grateful thanks and hope that this will be the start of a mutually beneficial partnership.

 

Gaby Higgs, Chair St Marylebone Soc
The Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Angela Harvey
Shirley Brihi, MPGA
Steven Crisp, Head Gardener, American Ambassador's Residence
William Fraser OBE, Chairman MPGA
The Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Angela Harvey



  


 

 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Event - Wild London
   
     Queens diamond jubilee

The 'Wild London' Festival took place on Tuesday 15 May in Richmond Park to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Capital's parks, gardens and open spaces.

The MPGA was one of the organisations invited to attend this prestigious event. We were delighted when HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, who accompanied the Queen to the event, stopped to enquire about the MPGA and signed our visitors' book before leaving.



MPGA Marquee
 
Shirley Brihi and Helen Knight

HM the Queen is shown around the Festival




HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
 
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh signed our visitors book