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



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The project aims to restore the Abbey, revitalise its internationally significant Capability Brown landscape surroundings, reveal the rich history of the site, provide visitor facilities, and provide activities and events which will involve visitors and volunteers. >More details.

November 2014 - >read it here
October 2014
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The map showcasing over 250 Capability Brown attributed sites across the unites geography, history, landscape and the legacy of Capability Brown through its visual mapping of Capability Brown's work. >Read the map here

Ceryl Evans CB300 Project Manager
>More information and contact details

Financial Times article by Jane Owen
Capability Brown continuing to inspire restoration and landscape management at Euston in Suffolk in time for 2016! >More details >Video link

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

Report including sources for 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:

Association of Gardens Trusts - Archive



Official launch of the European Institute for Gardens and Landscapes website
The European Institute for Gardens and Landscapes (IEJP), founded in 2013 in Bénouville, in Calvados, now boasts its very own website
Designed for a European readership, the site provides, in both French and English, an agenda of the latest news, an introduction to the parks and gardens of Europe, a selected bibliography and resources for use by the associated scientific community... >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, amplifying the voices of the Friends Groups' movement

SAVE OUR PARKS! Protect and invest in the UK's public green spaces -
- halt the slide into crisis
- protect and invest in the UK’s green spaces
- let's make parks a General Election issue in 2015

>Save our Parks Petition




The prestigious family firm, Taylors Bulbs, in partnership with the MPGA are once again offering totally free of charge a substantial number of high quality bulbs to amenity groups across the 33 London boroughs. Over the last two years, under this scheme, more than 200 sites have benefitted, including schools, public gardens, hospices, churchyards and community gardens.  These bulbs have made a tremendous impact in their locality and helped to brighten the daily lives of countless people. If you would like to receive details please email the Bulbs for London 2014 organiser.


Rivington Terraced Gardens, Lancashire, elected one of Countryfiles Top Ten Lost Gardens -was shown on Sunday 30 November and included highlights of Lancashire as a whole.


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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Tradescant Swim
6th – 14th September 2014
Thank you to all those who contributed towards Christopher's swim in aid of the Garden Museum.
>More details

Garden Museum Journal - Summer 2014


Emma Schofield, AGT Education Schools Co-ordinator was presented with the Judges Award for "Inspiring work with children” and her school, Boston West Academy won RHS Gold the first time of entering in the East Midlands In Bloom Awards. Emma was also recently awarded the LOtC 2014 Award - more details to follow.



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2015 Exhibitions at Compton Verney
>Full details
Art Happens The Dan Pearson and William Morris Meadow
Compton Verney Art Gallery successfully raises funds from the public to realise landscape designer Dan Pearson’s project.

Visual of the proposed Parterre at Compton Verney (c) Dan
Pearson Studio >More details


AGT Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014 Congratulations to Janice Bennetts of Hampshire Gardens Trust and all the other nominees. >More details

AGT/GHS Proposed Merger
Mike Dawson should be your first point of contact for any queries in relation to the merger.

AGT Eyecatcher Newsletter No 30
Autumn 2014 Edited by Liz Ware
>Click here to read

AGT Eyecatcher Newsletter No 29,
Autumn 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 - Newsletters
November 2014 - Read it here
May 2014 -


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The Chartered Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015 competition is launched!
>More information
The Chartered Institute of Horticulture makes history for professional horticulture
>More information

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

Dorset Gardens Trust Bursary Scheme

Welsh Historic Small Grants Scheme
>More details

Historic Landscape Project WEB FORUM
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.


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




Winter Lecture Series
October 2014 through to 9 March 2015
Monday evenings, 7-8 pm (6.30 for a glass of wine)

The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street  (Entrance: through courtyard to far end, down stairs). London EC1M 6EL
LP> lecture list 2014-15



Winter Lecture Series 2015
at 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ
All lectures are on Wednesdays and start at 6.30pm
28 January

Andrew Harland, Landscape Architect, Senior Partner of LDA Design
Gorky Park
11 February
Dr Clare Hickman, Medical and Landscape Historian
Therapeutic Landscapes: The role of gardens in English hospital settings since 1800
25 February
Richard Wheeler, Garden Historian, National Trust
Gardens in the Romantic Era: The Associative nature of the Reception of Gardens at the End of the 18th Century and Beginning of the 19th Century
11 March
Karen Fitzsimon, Landscape Architect, Horticulturist
Order in the Landscape: Rediscovering Preben Jakobsen
25 March
Dr Jane Whitaker, Writer, Lecturer, Consultant in Garden History
Gardens Fit for a Queen: the Elizabethan Gardens at Cowdray and Bisham
>More details and booking information

Saturday 31 January 2015
Taster Study Day

10.00am to 4.0pm at Birkbeck University of London
>More details

Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust
Spring Talks - January to April 2015

All talks held on Saturdays at 2.30pm at the County Museum, Aylesbury.
£10 members / £12 guests
>More details and booking form


Wednesday 18 February 2015        
10.00am – 16.30pm
Professional Development Day:
What’s new: pests, diseases + weeds and control

The RHS Garden Wisley GU23 6QB
A day event for professionals working in amenity horticulture including head gardeners, arborists, garden designers and contractors involved in garden maintenance
>More details


Tuesday 24 February 2015
South West Education meeting

Stourhead - Further details to follow


Saturday 28 March 2015   
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Hampshire Gardens Trust Research Group Study Day  
Women Gardeners & Garden Owners in the early 20th Century

Old Alresford Place, Old Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9DH
>More details and booking form


Wednesday 6 May 2015
AGT, Dorset Gardens Trust in conjunction with the GHS
Research and Recording Study Day
St. Giles House, Wimborne, Dorset

(by kind permission of The Earl of Shaftesbury)
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Tuesday 22 September 2015
AGT, Avon Gardens Trust in conjunction with the GHS
Kings Weston, Bristol
Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown at Kings Weston: Exploring his Legacy of Comfort and Elegance
>More details






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

>More details



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

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 Drummond

Tatton Park Cake for Cheshire Gardens Trust 10th anniversaryCheshire Gardens Trust have also celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a supper and a splendid Capability cake!!





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)

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

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



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.  Karen Platt’s Common-Botanical Plant Names is available exclusively for download. Price 7.99 and will shortly be available at all booksellers. Contact:


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




Taster Study Day - Saturday 31 January 2015

10.00am to 4.0pm at Birkbeck University of London
Garden history encapsulates a fascinating amalgam of art, architectural, landscape, horticultural and social history as well as archaeology and the evolution of garden design. The Birkbeck Garden History Group (BGHG)* wants to encourage the study of garden history by introducing the subject to people who have not been involved in it previously, although they may have an interest in one or more of the disciplines mentioned above.
>More details



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


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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