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




Capability Brown



CB300 are on the map and celebrating the launch of the Interactive Map showcasing over 250 Capability Brown attributed sites across the UK, and they want you to be a part of it.

The map unites geography, history, landscape and the legacy of Capability Brown through its visual mapping of Capability Brown’s work.

>Further details

The new Capability Brown interactive map is now live at: CB300 Interactive map


Tradescant Swim
6th – 14th September 2014
Thank you to all those who contributed towards Christopher's swim in aid of the Garden Museum.
Read a special Thank You message from Christopher Woodward, GM Director and full account of the eight and a half days swim here

The Garden Museum's Summer 2014 Journal is dedicated to the development of its new archive. We are fortunate to be able to include a link to it on our website. As the Friends of the Garden Museum among you will recognise, it is as always, an engaging and enjoyable read, but it also gives us the chance to understand the thinking behind the collection policy of this, the first ever archive of garden design.

Enjoy it and then consider ways in which you and your CGT can help. Christopher Woodward and his team face the enormous task of match funding £3,069,000. As you will see from the final paragraph, any donation however small, will help to demonstrate the support they need. Garden Museum Journal - Summer 2014

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


CB300 September 2014 Newsletter
>Click here to read the latest news on CB300


Hamilton Gardens has received the prestigious International Garden of the Year award. The win was announced today [1 October 2014] as part of the 2014 Garden Tourism Awards held at the International Conference Gardens Without Limits conference in Metz, France.The annual award is presented to gardens which distinguish themselves in the development and promotion of the garden experience as a tourism attraction. >More 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. Compton Verney announced on Friday 3 October 2014 that it successfully raised £10,437 to fund a new commission by leading landscape designer Dan Pearson which will transform their West lawn into a wild-flower meadow mown with a William Morris design.

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


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. Click on the link to (Learning Outside the Classroom) and click on LOtC Awards 2014 at the bottom of the page to find Emma’s name to vote - very easy - couple of clicks and she rightly deserves this. Voting closes on the 14 November, so do vote for Emma now………………

AGT Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014 announced at the AGT Annual Conference on 5 September at Chester - Congratulations to Janice Bennetts of Hampshire Gardens Trust and all the other nominees. >More details



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The Chartered Institute of Horticulture makes history for professional horticulture
The Institute of Horticulture made horticultural history for professional horticulturists when it became Chartered on 21 July 2014. It is now The Chartered Institute of Horticulture (CIH). >More information

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, which appeared in the Guardian on the 16 July.

SAVE OUR PARKS! Protect and invest in the UK's public green spaces - halt the slide into crisis
>Save our Parks Petition

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

Dorset Gardens Trust Bursary Scheme

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

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.

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

A 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 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:

Association of Gardens Trusts - Archive


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 - May 2014 Newsletter

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

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

Tuesday 4 November 2014
10.00am to 4.15pm
RESPONDING TO PLANNING APPLICATIONS affecting historic designed landscapes

The Gallery, Cowcross St, London EC1M 6EJ
A user-friendly and pragmatic introduction to what you need to know in order to help your trust protect local landscapes through the planning system. Previously run at least once in each region - this is the last currently planned so book now! Previously described by course participants as "Enjoyable" - we rest our case!
>More information and/or to BOOK ONLINE


5 to 16 November 2014
Cultivation & Creativity Exhibition

Bankside Gallery is delighted to present Cultivation & Creativity which showcases works featuring the four Royal Horticultural Society gardens as seen by Royal Watercolour Society artists.
Open daily 11am – 6pm | Free Admission
48 Hopton Street | London SE1 9JH | 020 7928 7521
>More details

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Saturday 8 November 2014
Study Day on Memorial Landscapes of the First World War
at the Garden Museum
More details

Tuesday 11 November 2014
1pm to 4.30pm

The Gallery, Cowcross St, London EC1M 6EJ
Practise using what you know to write an effective, punchy letter in response to planning applications to support your trust to protect your local landscapes. Plenty of discussion and tips here!
>More information and/or to BOOK ONLINE



Thursday 13 November 2014
Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime

Join Kenneth Helphand at the Garden Museum in November for a unique glimpse into the Defiant Gardens of the 20th Century.
Why is it that in the midst of a war, one can still find gardens?
>More information
>Book here


Saturday 15 November
Launch of Centre for Garden and Landscape Studies at Hestercombe - Study day - 'Healthy Minds: Therapy, Well Being and Wisdom in the Garden'
>More details

Thursday 4 – Friday 5 December 2014
 9.00am – 5.00pm 

Tree Issues for Horticultural Professionals
at The RHS Garden Wisley GU23 6QB
>More details


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)
More details







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





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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