GCLP Talks and Events 2021: Ampthill Great Park: From Royal Privilege to a People’s Park Brian Kerr (Zoom)

Wednesday 12th May 2021 19:30 - 20:15

Doors open: 7:25 pm

Greensand Country Landscape Partnership: Programme of Talks and Events 2021, Celebrating Greensand Country
GCLP are pleased to programme to Brian Kerr to deliver this fascinating talk on Ampthill Great Park.

The story of the Park at Ampthill is told in five stages from the earliest settlers to the present day. This tale includes historic figures such as Henry VIII  and Catherine, Capability Brown and also the many unknown people who have an impact on the local history of this precious green space. Royal huntsmen, Canadian lumberjacks, and Italian prisoners of war all feature.   The modern landscape management of the Park has won support from national funding and this area of typical Greensand landscape is now very heavily used posing questions on how visitor numbers can be accommodated in future.

Brian Kerr trained as a soil scientist and has spent most of his career working and writing on landscape and agricultural topics both in the British Isles and overseas.  Now based in Ampthill he has taken an interest in countryside issues in Bedfordshire and in 2014 published An Unassuming County:  The Making of the Bedfordshire Countryside a book on the county which traces the history of the modern landscape.  Brian’s book A Certain Degree of Magnificence:  People in the Bedfordshire Landscape was published in 2018. Brian’s most recent book How to Value a Skylark: The Countryside in a Time of Change was published this year.

For more information and to book your free place, please email Community Arts Officer, Sally Christopher at sallyc@greensandcountry.com

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