James Alexander Sinclair to help raise money for local charity’s “Schools into Gardening” programme

James Alexander Sinclair will speak at The Leicestershire & Rutland Gardens Trust “Celebrity Lecture” on September 16th, 7.30pm at Leicester University. All proceeds from the lecture go to support local schools, through the Trust’s “Schools into Gardening programme”. Tickets are on sale now, to book call 0116 2705711.

James's talk, titled “A Life in Five Gardens”, about his life in gardening is sure to be entertaining, informative and passionate. In his words; “I was never a childhood prodigy: one of those at the sound of whose toddling footsteps roses would preen and daisies turn their heads in expectant glee. I stumbled upon gardening by accident and there is seldom a day that passes when I am not thankful for that accident. I spend my life flitting around the countryside designing gardens for some very lovely people. My talk will tell the stories behind five of my favourite gardens "

James is one of the foremost garden designers in the UK. He has designed gardens from Cornwall to the Western Isles and from London to Moscow. He is also an award winning writer, a compelling speaker, a frequent broadcaster - most recently in the BBC2 series The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge, and an elected member of the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society.

The “Schools into Gardening” programme has been running for over five years and has enabled the trust to provide financial support to gardening projects in a number of local schools. This year the Trust has committed grants in excess of £1000, including work with Maplewell Hall Special Needs School, trips to Kelmarsh walled garden for inner city schools such as Charnwood, and a student award at Brooksby College. All profits from the talk will go to our "Schools into Gardening Project".

The Leicestershire and Rutland Gardens Trust is a voluntary organisation and a registered charity. The Trust brings together people from all walks of life who are devoted to protecting our landscape, parks and gardens giving their members the opportunity to learn more about garden heritage and how to protect it for future generations.