Folder labelled ‘Thenford House – Heseltine’

Scope and Content

Correspondence of Roy Lancaster with Michael Heseltine, Member of Parliament. Roy Lancaster was consultant to Michael Heseltine on the creation of an arboretum at Thenford House, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, starting in 1984. Includes nursery plant and tree suggestions by Roy Lancaster; plant order lists from Michael Heseltine to nurseries in the United Kingdom and Holland including to Peter Chappell of Lymington, Hilliers of Winchester, the Crown Estate Office, Windsor, Chichesters of Brockenhurst, Bernhard’s Rugby Nurseries, Rugby, Peter Beales’ Roses, Norfolk, Foxhill Nursery, Kent, Scotts Nurseries (Merriott) in Somerset, the Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire, and Firma C. Esveld, Boskoop, Holland, all Oct 1984; letter from John White of Westonbirt confirming a gift of 12 surplus birch seedlings to Michael Heseltine, Sep 1984; detailed planting lists for Thenford House, all with hand-drawn plans and dated Oct 1984; letters to Roy Lancaster from Andrew Peters, of the Gardener’s Cottage, Thenford, Nov 1987, and from Swavesey, Cambridge, Mar 1989