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Notices and information

Shakkei editor required
Diane Crawford our Chair is stepping down from her additional role as editor so we are looking for her replacement. This role is mainly to commission and collate articles with technical support from a deputy (see below). If you are interested and would like more information please email editor@jgs.org.uk

To strengthen our top team, we seek two or three new Trustees with a bit of time and lots of enthusiasm. No specific qualifications required: briefing and mentoring will be provided. We meet 5 times/year, mostly over Zoom. We work closely with the Regions in support of the JGS charitable and educational goals.

Paid Support required
To support the Board and membership in achieving our goals we seek part-time help. About 4 hours/week@ £20/hour, working from home.
Applications close 31st May 2024.

We seek applicants for 3 roles:
Shakkei assistant editor (lay-out using Adobe InDesign).
Website & Digital communications (posting, updating, social media, newsletters).
Membership administrator (using Beacon software).

This is an ideal opportunity for students or others wanting flexible, interesting work from home. Training provided and reporting to a Trustee.

For further information please email chair@jgs.org.uk

Shakkei archives

Shakkei cover summer 2022

Past articles from Shakkei are a treasure trove of information, practical tips and inspiration for anyone interested in Japanese  gardens.
Every quarter we will be making accessible a selection of articles for members to view.
These archive articles may not represent current ideas on Japanese gardens and may have had minor changes from the original due to privacy or copyright issues.
As all the content is copyright, so please do not share it.

Shakkei articles added Spring 2024

Shakkei date Article title Author Click to view
Spring 1994
The Building of the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park
Chris Churchman
Winter 2007/8
Searching for Professor Suzuki, Garden Designer
Dr Jill Raggett
Summer 2021
Plant of the Season: Ajisai
Katie Croft
Spring 2018
The making of a Japanese-style garden at Beck Farm Part 4
Andy Bolton
Autumn 1994
A-Z of terms in Japanese gardening part 3
Robert Ketchell

Shakkei articles added Winter 2023/24

Shakkei date Article title Author Click to view
Spring 2021
Plant of the season: Botan (Peonies)
Katie Croft
June 1994
A-Z terms in Japanese gardening 2
Robert Ketchell
Autumn 2017
The making of a Japanese-style garden at Beck Farm Part 3
Andy Bolton
Spring 2010
The Stone and the Moon, Jôju-in
Wybe Kuitert
Summer 2006
Basics of Japanese garden design
Jack Wheeler
Summer 2003
Rice gods and the Fox
David Burgess
Summer 2007
Ichi Ni's pleasure garden in Greater Manchester
Steve Wright
Summer 2015
Working methods
Robert Ketchell
Winter 2008/9
A Japanese village in Victorian London
Sir Hugh Cortazzi
Spring 2010
Winter in Skipton
Trevor Nash

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We are always looking for ideas to improve our website for the benefit of members. Any ideas or comments you may have should be emailed to:  
Andy Bolton at webeditor@jgs.org.uk

If you would like to write an article for inclusion in Shakkei, please email
Diane Crawford our editor at: editor@jgs.org.uk for more information.

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