Annual General Meeting at Hilldersdon House.
The venue for the 2017 DGT Annual General Meeting will be Hillersdon, a few miles to the west of Cullompton. The current Hillersdon house was designed in the 1840s by theatre designer Samuel Beazley for William Grant who had inherited the estate in 1832 from his uncle. Little now exists of a previous house to the northwest, but there are remnants of an earlier landscape, notably an avenue of sweet chestnuts. Over the past few years Mike Lloyd has restored the house, pleasure grounds and park, reinstating lakes, developing the kitchen garden, a magical stumpery inspired by the uprooting of an old tree and reintroducing red and fallow deer into the park. We are delighted that Mr Lloyd has kindly offered to host the DGT AGM, and afterwards to talk to us about the restoration of the house and landscape. Following a buffet lunch, Mike Lloyd and head gardener Graham Burton will take us around the pleasure grounds.
Provisional agenda for the day
10.30 Arrivals and Registration - Tea/coffee
11.45 Talk by Mike Lloyd and Graham Burton, head gardener, on the vision and restoration of Hillersdon. To be followed by Questions from the floor
14.00 Tours of the grounds with Mike Lloyd and Graham Burton
AGM papers will be sent out in early July. Booking forms have been sent to all members. Places are limited so early booking is advisable.
Cost: DGT Members £18.50 | Non-members £21. Attendance at the AGM only is without charge.