CASTLE Hill played host to Devons Garden Trusts (DGT) 25th anniversary this month. The celebrations, hosted by the trusts patron the Countess of Arran, included a talk by Sue Minter on the life and travels of Alicia Amherst. Mrs Amherst was one of the first people to write about garden history and London parks and gardens. Dr Clare Greener, chairman of the DGTs conservation committee, said of the talk: A well-illustrated and fascinating account of a very interesting woman, still little known to current garden historians. After the talk, guests enjoyed a buffet meal, followed by the cake-cutting and speeches from Gilly Drummond, president of the Association of Garden Trusts, and Steve Pusley, vice-president of DGT.