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Successful AGM & Conference 2018

November 19, 2018
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The weekend of 17-18 November 2018 was our annual general meeting and conference. This year it was held at the Alveston Manor Hotel in the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

This is a weekend we always look forward to – it’s a chance to celebrate the success and hard work of our members, enhance our knowledge of alpine plants from expert talks and gather together a group of like-minded people who may otherwise never meet.

Expert speakers

We were lucky enough to be joined by an incredible line-up of inspiring speakers, who spoke about a range of topics:

    • David Morris – Recreating a Mountain Meadow in the Lake District
    • Sarah Carlton – St. Andrews Botanic Garden
    • Colin Crosbie – Shady Woodlanders!
    • Tommy Tønsberg – Growing Alpines & Woodland Plants in Norway
    • John Mitchell – Adventures in China
    • Steve Furness – Everything you ever wanted to know about troughs and daren’t ask
    • Phillip Cribb – Proud Margarets & Bardolph’s nose – where are those slippers?

 

Prestigious Awards

AGS President Christopher Bailes presented the awards to our members to commend their achievements.

Jim McGregor received the Lytell Trophy

Jim McGregor received the Lyttel Trophy

The Lyttel Trophy (the Society’s highest honour) was awarded to Jim McGregor for his ongoing commitment to the Society and alpine gardening (in particular his work on the AGS website). With the launch of our new website this year, it was the perfect time to acknowledge Jim’s hard work.

Elspeth Mackintosh AGM 2018 Don Peace received Gold Bar number 25. Paul & Gill Ranson AGM 2018 Celia Sawyer AGM 2018
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More awardsElspeth Mackintosh received the Sir William and Lady Lawrence Award, Don Peace was awarded his 25th Gold Bar, Paul & Gill Ranson received their 19th and Celia Sawyer (Oxford Group) received the Local Group Award.

Our next event is Snowdrop Day on 2 February 2019. Tickets are now available to buy.