Friday Lecture – Tragedy and Triumph : The Story of Polar Exploration with Mark Cottle


Public Lectures

£26 includes lunch

Oct 30, 2.00 pm to Oct 30, 4.00 pm

£26 includes lunch

Mark Cottle

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The search for the North-West Passage has captivated the imaginations of explorers, merchants and adventurers as far back as the journeys of Frobisher and Davis, in Elizabeth I’s reign.

Discoveries of both the North and South Poles especially by the Norwegians, Nansen and Amundsen and the British, Scott and Shackleton.  Their stories are a series of remarkable sagas, pitting leadership, courage, endurance and ingenuity against daunting hardships and threats.

Includes lunch. Lunch is served from 1pm and lecture begins at 2pm.

Performer background

In the late 1970’s, garden design was not yet a popular career. There was landscape architecture and amenity horticulture or horticultural diplomas, none of which appealed to me, so I studied Product Design instead, graduating in 1981.

Fast forward 15 years to living in my first house in Somerset. Having excavated and built a garden from scratch behind our bungalow, my husband and I opened our garden for the National Garden Scheme from 1996 to 2000 which was enormous fun.

In 1999 I entered and won the first BBC Gardener of the Year competition, and the following year the queue on the garden Open Day went round the block. As clients were now demanding my services I set up Katherine Crouch Garden Design in early 2000 and have since been designing gardens all over the South West.

Proving it wasn’t just a fluke the first time round, I won BBC Gardener of the Decade in 2008 and the fun of developing gardens continues. I also won a Gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show for designing a display for Kings Seeds 125th anniversary.