Association of Gardens Trusts

The Association of Gardens Trusts

Caring for historic gardens and designed landscapes

The Association, a national charity, consists of 35 County Gardens Trusts from all over England, and is affiliated to the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust. Our focus is on promoting the enjoyment of gardens and parks to the general public. We learn about designed landscapes, engage in conservation, planning and garden research, and encourage gardens in schools.

Scroll down to find out about events near you and catch up on conservation news.

See County Gardens Trusts for contacts and to enquire about membership. Get involved! Find out more about garden heritage in your area.

 

Garden conservation
> Garden conservation

conservation reports and projects, government legislation

Learning about gardens
> Learning about gardens

encouraging school visits, supporting school projects, creating school gardens

Plant label 1874
> Garden research

articles, book reviews, links to databases and online archives

WHAT'S ON?

NEWS

 

Love Parks Week logo

Share the love from 25 July – 3 August 2014
Love Parks Week 2014 is almost here and thousands of people will be joining in the celebrations at hundreds of events across England.
The Green Flag Award winners will also be announced on this day to highlight the quality green spaces in the country.
>More details

 

HLFHLF have published its State of UK Public Parks Report StateOfUKParks2014_full_report
and to coincide with this publication, English Heritage has released a report by Dr Katy Layton-Jones - 'National Review of Research Priorities for Urban Parks, Designed Landscapes, and Open Spaces'.
Research report available on-line here.

Halt UK Parks Slide into Crisis letter from Dave Morris, Campaigns Officer, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, www.natfedparks.org which appeared in the Guardian on the 16 July.

GHS/AGT Proposed Merger
The GHS/AGT Merger Project Board has prepared a final report, taking into account the responses received from CGTs to the Project Board’s interim report. The final report should be read in tandem with the interim report.
>FINAL REPORT
>INTERIM REPORT
Mike Dawson should be your first point of contact for any queries in relation to the final report.

 

Emma Schofield, AGT Education Co-ordinator, inspired by London Open Garden Squares Weekend, launched the first "Lincolnshire Open School Grounds Weekend"  to encourage and support local school gardens with six schools taking part on Saturday 5th July and Sunday 6th July...
>More details


Welsh Historic Small Grants Scheme
The trustees of The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust (WHGT) are launching a Small Grants Scheme in 2014 to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Trust in 1989. The trustees’ aim is to raise a minimum of £25,000 to mark the quarter-centenary and to use this funding solely for such projects.  It is anticipated that the fund will continue in future years and so become a lasting scheme. 
>More details


"Congratulations to Devon Gardens Trust! and thanks to the tireless research and boundless enthusiasm of Angela Dodd-Crompton. The Italian Garden at Great Ambrook, Italian Garden, east of Great Ambrook Avenue, Great Ambrook, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot has been Awarded Registered Park and Garden Status and added to the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. The site is now listed at Grade II."


Parks & Gardens UK is the leading on-line resource for historic parks and gardens providing freely accessible, accurate and inspiring information on UK parks, gardens and designed landscapes and all activities concerned with their promotion, conservation and management.

Volunteer Finance Officer for Parks & Gardens UK. Please contact info@parksandgardens.org for further information.


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CB300 News
Ceryl Evans has been appointed as the CB300 Project Manager
>More information and contact details

A recent Financial Times article by Jane Owen worth reading, coupled with a video worth seeing  - Capability. Brown continuing to inspire restoration and landscape management at Euston in Suffolk in time for 2016!
>More details >Video link

Read new report from Kent Gardens Trust for the Brown site, Valence >More details


Useful new report including sources for all Capabiliy Brown researchers:
LANCELOT 'CAPABILITY' BROWN Research Impact Review prepared for English Heritage by University of East Anglia Landscape Group.


ICOMOS-UK International Conference


Click on this link to explore the CB300 site and to Discover, Learn and register your support: www.capabilitybrown.org.


Association of Gardens Trusts - Archive


Interim Report of the GHS/AGT Merger Project Board
County Gardens Trust's are invited to comment on the GHS/AGT Merger Project Board's interim report. The deadline for comments to be forwarded to Mike Dawson AGT Vice Chairman at:  mike.dawson@mcrobie.org.uk was the 14 April 2014.

 

South Western Education Meeting
Bicton EarTH 26 February 2014
‘Working in Partnership - Engaging with Schools’
>read the report here

 

CB300 News: An ICOMOS-UK International Conference in collaboration with the University of Bath, in association with the Garden History Society and the National Trust, and supported by the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes.
9–11 September 2016
University of Bath, England

>More details
>Flyer
Deadline for abstracts: 31 August 2014
Contact: admin@icomos-uk.org

NEWSLETTERS

AGT Eyecatcher Newsletter No 29,
Autumn 2013 edited by Liz Ware
>Click here to read

AGT Eyecatcher Newsletter No 28,
Autumn 2013 edited by Liz Ware
>Click here to read


AGT Eyecatcher Newsletter No 27, Winter/Spring 2013 edited by Liz Ware
> Click here to read

The Garden History Society Mirco-News, Winter 2013
>Click here to read

Parks & Gardens UK > MAY NEWSLETTER

The Pulham Legacy - May 2014 Newsletter
http://pulham.org.uk/2014/05/04/may-2014-news-letter/


Planning template letters for use by County Gardens Trusts available for download now.


Impact of PV Arrays and Solar Farms

If the Array or Solar Farm adversely impacts on the designed views from a registered park or garden and/or its setting or on a significant park and garden that adds to local character and distinctiveness and, if not Registered, is ideally on a Local List, the CGT has a locus on which to object.


The Historic Landscape Project WEB FORUM is having a makeover! Enter it from HERE and register to access CGT hints and tips, download useful resource materials, ask other members questions. Keep checking in for news and views of how other CGTs are gearing up and tackling conservation issues in their county.


Parkland trees in sunshine

The evaluation report for Phase I of the Historic Landscape Project is now available for you to download and digest. Click here for the report itself and here for the Appendices.  (It is also available straight from the Web Forum.)


Tributes to:
Fiona Grant, John Drake MBE
, Martin Wakeline, Mavis Batey and David Mawson

 

English Heritage: Find out what's at risk by searching or downloading the Risk Register here

Advice concerning conservation and management of War Memorials.


Plant Heritage's Threatened Plants Project
– conserving old, rare and valuable cultivars > More details

Parks for People


Gardens Trust members please send in events information for the Whats On section of the home page and snippets of news, (i.e. short, interesting, amusing or odd items concerning gardens) to gardenstrusts@agt.org.uk

 

 

 

AGT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
(including the AGM and Business Meeting)
5, 6 & 7 September
Continuity and Change in Cheshire Gardens
Hosted by Cheshire Gardens Trust
The Queen Hotel, Chester. Check with

www.cheshire-gardens-trust.org about current availability.


15 September
Garden Museum Open Day
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Friday 19th & Saturday 20th September 2014
GROVES LOST, FOUND & MADE:
The History of Groves
DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE, ANNUAL LANDSCAPE HISTORY CONFERENCE. University of Sheffield >More details

 

26 September 2014
Garden History Society in Scotland
Edinburgh Gardens and Squares Conference

>More details

 

Wednesday 1 October
Study Day - Hagley Hall, Worcestershire

HAGLEY  HALL: “ PARADISE  REGAINED”
Worcestershire. DY9 9LG
Speaker Joe Hawkins:  Head of Landscape at Hagley Hall
>Flyer and booking as a pdf

>Flyer and booking form as a word doc
BBC news reports on Hagley Hall
Parks & Gardens UK detailed info on Hagley Hall
Hagley Hall official site

 

Saturday October 4th 2014
BEDFORDSHIRE GARDENS TRUST
A Study Day to mark the restoration of the Swiss Garden at Old Warden.
To be held at Princess Charlotte Room, Shuttleworth Aerodrome, Old Warden, nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP. >more details

 

Monday 20 October 2014
9.45am for 10.15am start to 4.00pm
JOIN IN THE FIRST EAST & WEST MIDLANDS COUNTY GARDEN TRUSTS REGIONAL FORUM

Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS. Meet with CGTs near you – exchange ideas and hear from our key partners in conserving historic landscapes!
>More details
>Booking form as a Word Doc

 


Sept 2015,
3 day conference/symposium
Wilder by Design?
Managing landscape change and future ecologies.

>More details

 

COUNTY GARDEN TRUSTS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

Welsh Historic Gardens Trust breaking news.......
HRH Prince of Wales (Patron, Welsh Historic Gardens Trust)  helped to celebrate WHGT 25th Anniversary at Dyffryn Gardens on Tuesday 1st July by launching a Small Grants Scheme

 

Dorset Gardens Trust celebrated a landmark 25 Years
 >More details and photos

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May 2014

DorsetGT
May 1989

 

Isle of Wight Gardens Trust celebrated their 25th Anniversary in style with over 100 guests at the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes

IOWGT Chairmand Susan Dobbs (l) and AGT President Gilly Drummond (r) about to cut the cake!

IOWGT Chairman Susan Dobbs & AGT President Gilly DrummondTatton Park Cake for Cheshire Gardens Trust 10th anniversary

Cheshire Gardens Trust have also celebrated their10th Anniversary with a supper and a splendid Capability cake!!

 

 

 

NEW PUBLICATIONS/BOOK REVIEWS

KarenPlatt

Author Karen Platt is pleased to announce the release of her latest garden book Karen Platt’s Common-Botanical Plant Names. The book is one of the biggest of its kind, containing 40,000 cross-referenced common plant names from around the world.  “It’s a labour of love, I have worked on it for the past ten years. I find the common plant names very interesting. At last gardeners can see if the same common name is used in other areas of the world or not.” Platt told us.  Karen Platt’s Common-Botanical Plant Names is available exclusively for download. Price 7.99 and will shortly be available at all booksellers. Contact: k@karenplatt.co.uk.

 

British gardens in time
British Gardens in Time
by Katie Campbell
At last a fully and gloriously illustrated book on garden history.  See these iconic gardens on Iplayer!! and then read Katie Campbell's accompanying book! >More details
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Congratulations to Norfolk Gardens Trust!!
In NGT's 25th Anniversary year, their splendid new book, including a foreword by HRH Prince Charles was recently launced. Norfolk Gardens and Designed Landscapes. The book is published by Windgather Press.

Warwickshire Gardens Trust
Ever since they appeared in ancient Egypt, obelisks have retained their power. The Obelisks of Warwickshire is a guidebook to 20 notable examples, together with many others in the county. >Further details

New publications from English Heritage:
Register of Parks and Gardens Selection Guides >More details. New Designation Yearbook >More details

More book reviews

 

 

COURSES

NEW COURSE IN CONSERVATION OF THE HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT TO OPEN THIS AUTUMN AT BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY. for more information on the MA programme visit the site: >More information.

 

NEW SHORT RESEARCH COURSE
INSTITUTE OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH

London
Historic Gardens:Research in Action explores how archival research findings on historic gardens can contribute to garden restoration, conservation and management. More info>

 

MA IN GARDEN AND LANDSCAPE HISTORY
The new MA Garden and Landscape History at the Institute of Historical Research, London University, is now enrolling for the autumn term 2014. >Further details

 

 

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> Join your local Gardens Trust
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