Well, it certainly has been a busy 12 months for the IWGT. Following the sad news that chairman John Harrison would be stepping down after presiding over a highly successful 10 year tenure which saw many important organisational reforms and an increase in profile, it’s exciting news indeed that Mary Jones has been appointed as the new Chairman of the IWGT. I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with Susan, who said … “It was an honour and a surprise to me to be asked to be chairman after John Harrison, Peter Marsden and others have led the Isle of Wight Gardens Trust so successfully for the last 24 years”.
At the IWGT’s AGM it was announced that, following an application by IWGT, Woodlands Vale Estate in Seaview had been added to the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England in June 2016 at Grade II, thus recognised as being of national importance.
Annual General Meeting 2016
The IWGT hosted an enjoyable AGM at Dimbola, where John Evans regaled members with many amusing tales about the life of Julia Margaret Cameron. Ron Smith, who chaired the IWGT steering committee, formerly the organisation’s President, was the founding Trustee for saving Dimbola from demolition thus sharing a close common history.