The Australian Garden History Society Sydney branch’s AGM will take place on Wednesday 15 August and will be followed by a special guest lecture by Colleen Morris and Christine Hay who will speak about the Berrima, Sutton Forest and Exeter Cultural Landscape Assessment.

Colleen Morris and Christine Hay were awarded the National Trust Heritage Award in the Landscape category at the 2018 Awards ceremony in Sydney on 5th May for their Berrima, Sutton Forest and Exeter Cultural Landscape Assessment.

The Berrima Residents Association commissioned the study in 2017, which was funded equally by Battle for Berima and the Southern Highlands Foundation, to assess the heritage values of the Berrima Sutton Forest areas threatened by the Hume Coal mine plan.

The study found that the Berrima,- Sutton Forest area is of such heritage significance that it deserves the utmost protection not only against threats by coal mining but for its own intrinsic worth to MSW and the Nation. Cultural landscapes across NSW are under threat from mining, infrastructure and urban development. Communities are faced with radical proposals to transform the landscapes they value.

The protection of cultural landscapes has become a moral issue in the face of powerful economic arguments by powerful corporations.

When: Wednesday 15 August, 6.00pm – 8.30pm
Where: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill
Cost: AGHS Members $20, Non-members $30, Students $5 includes light refreshments. Bookings essential.
Contact: David Low 0407 464 876/ 02 9943 1456 or aghssydney@gmail.com

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