Congratulations to Simon Baynes elected MP for Clwyd South.
This inevitably means that Simon is now a full-time politician and WHGT has sadly lost a Chairman.
WHGT members should be assured that the Trust remains in good hands as Joanna Davidson, the Vice Chair has kindly stepped in as Acting Chairman until the next AGM.
Joanna has been long established with WHGT and was for many years Chairman of the Gwynedd branch. Joanna also runs Out of the Common Way, a specialist plant nursery, with Margaret Mason and has often offered planting advice, most recently for the Incredible Edible sensory garden at the new Conwy Culture Centre which opened in December 2019. The landscaped areas around the centre will include a peaceful sensory garden with dementia friendly and accessible paths and seating. This garden has been supported by the WHGT small grants scheme.
We would like to thank Simon for his considerable contribution to WHGT. Simon hosted the WHGT 2018 AGM at Bodfach Hall, and he will be remembered for his enthusiasm and support for various events such as the Seminar on Industrialist’s gardens in South Wales in May 2019, and particularly for his successful membership drive. WHGT celebrated their target of 1000 members in 2019 the 30th Anniversary year of the Trust..
We wish Simon a successful political future and trust that he will long continue to campaign on behalf of parks and gardens for our aesthetic enjoyment, health and well-being as well as for the conservation of our cultural heritage.