Association of Gardens Trusts

Caring for historic gardens and designed landscapes

We are now called The Gardens Trust
On 24 July 2015 we merged with our sister organisation The Garden History Society, representing the counties of England and Wales. You can read more about this below in the News section. This website will remain in place for the immediate future, but we will be migrating the content from both organisations to our new website in due course.

We now represent the voices of some 8,000 people, worldwide, in the combined organisation. As the only UK charity in the heritage ‘sector’ to have been granted a statutory role by government, our conservation team, working closely with our county gardens trust colleagues, now assesses all planning applications related to registered gardens and landscapes in England and Wales. We will continue to institute campaigns and lobby government at all levels on issues relating to historic gardens. We have an active membership and an exciting programme of events. 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

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> Garden research

articles, book reviews, links to databases and online archives

WHAT'S ON
IN 2016

NEWS

Organiser for The Gardens Trust’s Annual Conference and AGM, 2017
The Gardens Trust is planning to appoint a ‘semi-voluntary’ conference organiser for its 2017 conference which will be held at the end of July 2017 in association with the Devon County Gardens Trust. The appointment will run as a pilot initially, but may be continued for conferences in future years. >More details

 

WILTSHIRE GARDENS TRUST are proud to annouce the launch of their new website at: www.wiltshiregt.org.uk
http://217.199.187.65/wiltshiregt.org.uk/admin/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/ifordmanor.jpg
(Hyperlink not currently in operation from the AGT site)

CAPABILITY BROWN FESTIVAL 2016
DECEMBER STAKEHOLDER UPDATE

Since the last update several key Festival appointments have been made; they have been busy working on audience development projects; and have been promoting the Festival, to partners and Capability Brown sites at different media events in the UK and Europe. >stakeholder_update_december

 

National Geographic Travel magazine has just released its 20 go-to destinations for 2016 – and Capability Brown’s ‘gardens’ have made the list. >All can be seen here

 

THE GARDENS TRUST
NEW RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM

Following the union of the AGT and GHS the scope of the annual Graduate Symposium has been extended so that it is now open to all researchers and scholars, regardless of whether they are independent or attached to an academic institution.

Launched in 2011, the five annual symposia have hosted papers from 23 researchers, many of whom are members of County Gardens Trusts. In 2016 The Gardens Trust is hosting the 6th symposium as the New Research Symposium during the annual conference at Robinson College, Cambridge. >More details


Funding awarded to explore urban public parks

The University of Bradford has been awarded funding to undertake innovative research into the past and future prospects of urban public parks.
>More details


We are now called The Gardens Trust.
On the 24 July 2015 we merged with our sister organisation the Garden History Society.  
The main aims of the newly formed trust are:

  • To speak with a more powerful voice for the protection of parks, gardens and designed landscape;
  • To play a key garden conservation role in the planning system as a statutory consultee;
  • To provide support to strengthen the local activity of the County and Country Gardens Trusts;
  • To be an internationally regarded centre of excellence in the study of garden history;
  • To live within the means of the merged organisation and be financially sustainable over the long term.

THE FORMATION OF THE GARDENS TRUST:
A POWERFUL NEW VOICE FOR BRITAIN'S PARKS AND GARDENS
>Read the full Press Release here
Steffie Shields, Lisa Watson, Dominic Cole and Jim Bartos, sign the merger document at our Newcastle Conference.

Steffie Shields, Lisa Watson, Dominic Cole and Jim Bartos, sign the merger document at our Newcastle Conference.

 

Presentations at The AGT AGM on Friday 24 July 2015 to Gilly Drummond and Lorna McRobie
>More details
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Presentation of Narcissus ‘Gilly Drummond’ by Steffie Shields to Gilly Drummond


The Scrapbook, Memories of Gardens Trusts, presented to Gilly Drummond and Lorna McRobie at the AGT AGM on Friday the 24 July, which celebrates the work of the AGT/CGTs can now be viewed at:
MEMORIES of Gardens Trusts
If you would like to purchase a copy of the book please click on the link: Memories of Gardens Trusts - Blurb Book Preview

 

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARKS AND GREEN SPACES
The umbrella organisation for the UK's Friends of Parks Forums and the Friends Groups movement
www.natfedparks.org. Please join the effort by widely promoting the 'Save Our Parks' UK petition: >Save our Parks UK Petition. >More details

 

GREEN FINGERS:
INSPIRING COMMUNITY GARDENING PROJECTS OF 2015

Click on the link below to discover these projects - gardening-projects. Easy to use advice blog post for all those keen gardeners to make sure they are ready for the impending Autumn months.


HISTORIC ENGLAND - HERITAGE ANGELS 2015
St Giles House and Park, won the award for the Best Rescue of Any Other Type of Building or Site. >More details.

AGT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015
presented to KATE HARWOOD
. >More details

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WE FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THE PETITION ORGANISED BY THE HERITAGE ALLIANCE.  PLEASE SIGN NOW AT:http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/heritage-petition

 

Isle of Wight Historic Environment Action Plan for Designed Landscapes >More details. The HEAP is published on-line at:
https://www.iwight.com/azservices/documents/1324-Designed-Landscape-HEAP.pdf

Caldwell's Nurseries Project Online
www.caldwellarchives.org


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CBF300 NEWS

"Better than Fiction"
Steffie Shields recommends Emma, Duchess of Rutland’s new book: ‘Capability’ Brown and Belvoir –Discovering a Lost Landscape.
With kind permssion of Lincolnshire Life.
>More details


Golden Moments of Landscape
Steffie Shields discusses the relevance of ‘Capability’ Brown (1716–1783) for today’s gardeners, farmers and foresters Golden_moments_of_Landscape_Lincs_Life_article
with kind permission of Lincolnshire Life magazine

CB300 Interactive Map . >Read the map here

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

Association of Gardens Trusts - CB300 Archive

Parks and Gardens UK
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. Read the latest informative and inspiring Parks & Gardens UK blog here
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Parks & Gardens UK produces the first Gazetteer of UK War Memorial Parks and Gardens. The Gazetteer is freely available on the Parks & Gardens UK website gardening-in-wartime

Historic Landscape Project Resource Hub
Enter it from HERE and register to access CGT hints and tips, download useful resource materials.

NEWSLETTERS/JOURNALS

THE GARDENS TRUST MICRO NEWS - DECEMBER 2015

(AGT Eyecatcher Newsletters)
Now The Gardens Trust
No 31 >read it here (February 2015)
No 30 >read it here
No 29 >read it here

(The Garden History Society)
Now The Gardens Trust
Garden Museum Journal - Summer 2014
Mirco-News, Winter 2013

>read it here

Parks & Gardens UK > MAY 2015 NEWSLETTER

Historic Gardens Foundation Newsletter No.41 - October 2015
>More details

FOLAR "FRIENDS OF THE LANDSCAPE LIBRARY & ARCHIVE AT READING" Newsletter, issue one, Dec 2014
read it here

THE PULHAM LEGACY
LATEST NEWSLETTERS
Christmas 2015
http://pulham.org.uk/2015/12/18/
September 2015
http://pulham.org.uk/2015/09/11/september-2015-news-letter/
April 2015
http://pulham.org.uk/2015/04/11/april-2015-news-letter/


European Institute for Gardens and Landscapes website: europeangardens. >More details

 
Historic England: 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


London Parks & Gardens Trust
WINTER LECTURES 2015 – 2016

Monday evenings, 7-8 pm (6.30 for a glass of wine)
The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL (Entrance: through courtyard to far end, down the stairs)
>More details


THE GARDENS TRUST
LONDON WINTER LECTURE SERIES 2016
Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm (6.00pm for a glass of wine)
The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EL ((Entrance: through courtyard to far end, down the stairs)
17 February
Woburn Abbey: New light on the Park and Gardens

Keir Davidson, landscape designer and writer
2 March
'Wise Substitute of Providence!' The third Earl of Shaftesbury's philosophy of Nature in estate gardening

Katherine Myers
9 March
The Land Where Lemons Grow

Helena Attlee, author and Consultant Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund
>More details

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2 February to 5 March
Cheshire Gardens Trust
CALDWELL NURSERY PROJECT EXHIBITION
at Knutsford Heritage Centre, 90a Kings Street. WA16 6ED
(Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm, Free Admission)
>More details

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9th Feb - 15th March
& repeated Tuesdays 5th April - 10th May
AN INTRODUCTION TO GARDEN HISTORY

A new six week course at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London
>More details

 

Saturday 12th March
Study Day organised by the Birkbeck Garden History Group SM300: Sanderson Miller and the Amateur Designers
>More details


The 'Capability' Brown 2016 Tercentenary Master-classes with John Phibbs
Monday, 11th April 2016 - Claremont, Surrey
Wednesday, 13th April 2016 - Weston Park, Staffordshire
Friday, 15th April 2016
- Fawsley Hall, Northamptonshire
>More details


Saturday 16 April
HERTFORDSHIRE GARDENS TRUST
THE CAPABILITY MEN
'Lancelot Brown and his Associates'

Study day to be held at Heathmount School at Watton-at-Stone in Herts. Speakers include Tom Williamson and David Brown and the focus will be on putting Brown into context.
>More details/booking form



Wednesday 20 April
Sussex Gardens Trust in Association with The Gardens Trust
Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown – Study Day
Ashburnham Place, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 9NF
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>More details
>Flyer and Booking Form

 

26 April
Holyrood Palace Glasshouses and Gardens

Abbey strand gates, Abbey Strand, Cannongate, Edinburgh.
Have you ever wondered how to keep a palace garden in bloom? Join our gardeners at Holyrood Palace on a behind the scenes tour of the plant glasshouses and discover how they look after and maintain the Palace’s huge array of plants throughout the year. >More details

 

18 - 24 May
Gardens and Highlights of Friuli Venezia Giulia
Visit to historical and contemporary gardens of Friuli Venezia Giulia - Itinerary tailor made for Suffolk Gardens Trust.  FVG is a very beautiful region in the North Eastern corner of Italy, on the Border with Slovenia to the East and Austria to the North. It was subject to the Absburg Empire up until WWI, and the influences are still very strong, both in architecture, food, traditions and thankfully in gardening, too.
More details about the event can be found at:
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Please note this is not a Gardens Trust organised event.

 

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June
OPEN GARDEN SQUARES WEEKEND

Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016 - the magical two-day event when over 200 private and little-known gardens open to the public - will take place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June this year.  A single ticket allows visitors to discover and explore a range of stunning gardens not normally open to the public, including magnificent roof-top gardens with panoramic views to diminutive spaces tucked behind the hustle and bustle of London’s busy streets. To find out more about Open Garden Squares Weekend visit www.opensquares.org or follow on Twitter for the latest news @OpenSquares


5– 7 August
Ashridge Garden History Summer School

In association with The National Trust
The Life and Work of Lancelot “Capability” Brown (1716-1783)
>More details

 

Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 September
Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust in association with The Gardens Trust
A Tercentenary Conference on Lancelot 'Capability' Brown/Annual General meeting of The Gardens Trust/New Research Symposium

Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust and The Gardens Trust are pleased to welcome all gardeners & historians to a Special Conference on Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 300 years on: a celebration of his life and work in Cambridgeshire. ‘There wants a good plan!’ – a weekend of lectures, guided tours and a conference dinner, for members and guests of The Gardens Trust, at Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN.
>Provisional Programme and Booking Form
>More details

 

BOOK REVIEWS/NEW PUBLICATIONS

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Suffolk Gardens Trust is pleased to announce the publication of their latest book ‘Walled Gardens of Suffolk’, the result of a decade of research to identify and record walled gardens and also to advise owners and tenants as to how they can be revitalised and the role they can play in the 21st century. 
> Suffolk GT Walled Gardens PRESS RELEASE
> Order form

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Walled Kitchen Gardens of the Isle of Wight
Edited by Helen Thomas, with assistance from the Walled Kitchen Garden Project Team. The book is available online at http://www.iwhistory.org.uk/iwgt/wkg.pdf or via a link on
the Project Page of the new IWGT website www.iowgardenstrust.co

John Stuart, 3rd Earl ofBute, 1713-92
BOTANICAL AND HORTICULTURAL INTERESTS AND LEGACY
Edited by Charlotte Phillips and Nora Shane

This book is a collection of short essays that focuses on Lord Bute’s botanical and horticultural interests and legacy.
>More details


THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE GARDEN
George Plumptre

Photographs by Marcus Harper Frances Lincoln, London, 2014 ISBN 978 0 7112 3299 0
Hardback £25.00 (£20 Special Offer for CGT members)
TheEnglishCountryHouseGarden

The English County House Garden is written by George Plumptre, chief executive of the National Garden Scheme and author of numerous books on garden history, design and horticulture.
Plumptre has selected 25 gardens to represent the tradition of English country house gardens. >Review by Sarah FitzGerald, Dorset Gardens Trust

The New English Garden
by Tim Richardson, Photographs by ANDREW LAWSON

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608014077702045937&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0

A Comprehensive overview of the contemporary English garden scene, by the dream team of Tim Richardson, most perceptive and insightful of contemporary writers on gardens, and
renowned garden photographer Andrew Lawson.
>More details

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

 

COURSES

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> Join your local Gardens Trust
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