The Leicestershire & Rutland Gardens Trust Annual Lecture

Troy Scott-Smith, pictured above, Head Gardener of Sissinghurst Castle to help raise money for local charity’s “Schools into Gardening” programme

Troy Scott-Smith, Head Gardener of Sissinghurst Castle, will speak at The Leicestershire & Rutland Gardens Trust Annual Lecture, titled “Revitalising Vita”, on September 14th, 7.30pm at Leicester University. All proceeds from the lecture go to support local schools, through the Trust’s “Schools into Gardening programme”. Tickets are on sale now, to book call 0116 2705711.
Sissinghurst Garden has long been renowned as a jewel in the National Trust’s crown. Over a number of years a combination of underfunding, increased wear and tear from greater visitor numbers plus extended opening, and a lack of change and renewal have resulted in a garden that is no longer at its best.

Troy’s talk, “Revitalising Vita”, will describe how they plan to recapture the distinctive qualities of Vita and Harold’s Sissinghurst, restoring the elements of romance, experimentation and exuberance that they have struggled to perpetuate in recent years. In doing this, they will show that significant and historic gardens can be managed successfully while accommodating large scale visitor numbers.

Troy is the first male head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West’s much lauded creation, famous for its succession of outstanding women curators. His previous job was as head gardener at Bodnant in Conwy, also a jewel in the National Trust’s crown, where he worked for 7 years.

The “Schools into Gardening” programme has been running for over six years and has enabled the trust to provide financial support to gardening projects in a number of local schools. This year the Trust has committed grants in excess of £1000, including work with Croft C of E Primary School, trips to Kelmarsh walled garden for inner city schools such as Granby Primary School, and a student award at Brooksby College. All profits from the talk will go to our “Schools into Gardening Project”.

The Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust is a voluntary organisation and a registered charity. The Trust brings together people from all walks of life who are devoted to protecting our landscape, parks and gardens giving their members the opportunity to learn more about garden heritage and how to protect it for future generations.