FOLAR New Towns Landscape Study Day 19th March 2016



AGM/Study Session and Exhibition at MERL, University of Reading 

Saturday 19 March 2016. 10.00am to 5 pm

Existing and new members all welcome

The Study Session and Exhibition will focus on

New Towns, Landscape and Gordon Patterson – Celebrating mid 20C Design 

We have invited Elain Harwood, senior architectural advisor at Heritage England responsible for post war research and listing programme. Dr Harwood’s talk is entitled: Housing, Traffic and Landscape – detailed urban planning in the New Towns; Tom Turner, landscape architect and garden historian who begins the afternoon session with his talk and video on Landscape planning for London and the New Towns in the 1940s.

In 2011, HTA Landscape Design won the Landscape Institute’s Heritage & Conservation Award for their restoration of Stevenage Town Centre Gardens and currently the landscape practice is involved with Hemel Water Gardens. Oliver Rock, landscape architect with HTA will discuss both these restoration projects in his talk: Landscape without Boundaries ; Caroline Gould, deputy archivist, University of Reading will present New Town related material from other special collections held at MERL, including the CPRE and Land Settlement archives. Also, FOLAR very much hope that Gordon Patterson will be able to join us on the day.

The speakers have all been invited to help shed light on various aspects of new town designs and to explore elements and ideas from this period that have relevance today and for the future. 

Gordon Patterson’s archive is one of the most recent additions to the Landscape Institute’s archive deposited at MERL and work from his and other collections will be on display.

There will also be a book sale of some fabulous duplicate books from the Landscape Institute library.

Our AGM is from 11am-12.30pm, but all are welcome from 10am onwards, and the afternoon Study Session will run from 2pm-5pm. The New Town special exhibition and book sale will be 10.30-5pm. Teas and coffee provided; sandwich selection available to purchase in the seminar room at MERL.

Study day ticket: £10

FOLAR annual membership: £20

PLEASE BOOK EARLY FOR THIS EVENT as we have a limit on numbers – 50 maximum.

Bookings can be made via email:, phone: 07597768931 or by downloading a booking form from & events. Cheques and booking forms can be sent by post to
FOLAR, c/o Land Management Services, Redhill Chambers, 2d High Street, Redhill, Surrey RH1 1RJ

Location of AGM/Study Day &Exhibition, 19 March 2016: MERL, Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX


Tom Turner

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