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October Friends’ Lecture – The Bishop’s Palace Gardens Past, Present and Future

Thursday 19 October 2023 at 7:30 am to 9:30 pm

Join James Cross, head gardener at The Bishop’s Palace, as he discusses The Bishops Palace Gardens Past, Present and Future.

James trained at Hadlow College in Kent and worked his sandwich year (and part time to the end of his course) at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. He then worked a placement at Sheffield Park Gardens before starting his first job at The Courts Gardens in Wiltshire. After six years he moved to the Bishop’s Palace where he has now worked for 19 years.

‘It was a blank canvas when I started and in my talk we will look at how the 14 acres have been shaped in that time with the inspiration and thinking behind the developments and the recognition of becoming an RHS Partner Garden’.

Lectures will take place on the third Thursday of the month at the Frank Theatre, Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TL.  (This is where lectures took place before the pandemic.)

Lectures are free to Friends on production of their membership card.

Guests will be asked for a donation (suggested £5).

Attendees can use the following University car parks: Sports Centre, The Hawthorns, Woodland Road (12, 15, 17 & 19) and University Walk

There is free on-street parking (ticket required) from 6:30pm on these streets: St Michael’s Park, Woodland Road (north), Priory Road

There is metered on-street parking on Tyndall Avenue, Elton Road and University Road.

For a map and detailed parking information please see the map linked below:

Friends Lectures Parking Guide and Map

We hope that as many people as possible will be able to join us in person but as we know that some are unable to travel we are also arranging for this to be live-streamed by Zoom. It will not be recorded. Zoom details below:

Friends Bristol Botanic is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Friends Bristol Botanic Zoom Meeting

Time: Oct 19, 2023 07:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 847 8352 2177

Passcode: 704194


Thursday 19 October 2023
7:30 am to 9:30 pm
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Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden


The Frank Lecture Theatre
Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol, BS8 1TL United Kingdom
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