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

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> Garden research

articles, book reviews, links to databases and online archives

WHAT'S ON?

NEWS

 

BOOKING NOW FOR THE AGT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July 2015
AGT Annual Conference, incorporating the AGT AGM and Business Meeting on Friday 24 July in Newcastle
>more details

 


BOOKING NOW for the Regional Education Meeting of the South West County Garden Trusts

Tuesday 24 February 2015
10.30am to 4.00pm

at the Maddox Room, Stourhead, Mere. BA12 6QD
For further details and to book please contact Juliet Wilmot, Wiltshire Gardens Trust Education Co-ordinator. Email: juliet.wilmot@zeronet.co.uk or phone 01380 850314.

 

University of Reading
MERL Seminars: Discovering the Landscape

>More details

 


A HISTORY OF PUBLIC PARKS
CALL FOR PAPERS

The PAXTON150 conference at The Department of Landscape, The University of Sheffield, is to commemorate Joseph Paxton (1803-65) and to evaluate the public parks legacy. It is organised in conjunction with the Landscape Institute and supported by the National Trust, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The conference will be held on 11-12 September 2015, and will be advertised separately at a later stage. This call for papers seeks contributions that address aspects of the history of parks; Please submit an abstract of 300-500 words to Jan Woudstra, j.woudstra@sheffield.ac.uk by 25 February 2015.
>More details

 


OGSW
Dates for your Diary.............................
OPEN GARDEN SQUARES WEEKEND
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2015
Open Garden Squares Weekend (OGSW) will again take place in London in 2015, opening over 200 hidden and little known gardens to the public on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. >More details

 

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

 


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Parks & Gardens UK Brown Landscape of the Month capability-brown. This month features Burghley.


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'THE GREAT STARE' – MILTON ABBEY, DORSET, WINS HERITAGE LOTTERY & VIRIDOR FUNDING
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.
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CAPABILITY BROWN FESTIVAL NEWSLETTERS
November 2014 - >read it here
October 2014
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CB300 INTERACTIVE MAP LAUNCH

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: www.capabilitybrown.org.

Association of Gardens Trusts - CB300 Archive

 

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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 www.europeangardens.eu
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 www.natfedparks.org.

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

 

 

BULBS FOR LONDON 2014 - THE METROPOLITAN PUBLIC GARDENS ASSOCIATION in association with TAYLORS BULBS OF HOLBEACH

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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GardenMuseum
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
ChristopherWoodward2014

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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HAMILTON GARDENS WINS INTERNATIONAL GARDEN OF THE YEAR AWARD
>More details

 

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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.
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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.

NEWSLETTERS
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 - http://pulham.org.uk/2014/05/04/may-2014-news-letter/

 

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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 gardenstrusts@agt.org.uk

 

 


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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

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GARDEN HISTORY SOCIETY
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 form



Saturday 31 January 2015
AN INTRODUCTION TO GARDEN HISTORY
Taster Study Day

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



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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
10.30am to 4.00pm
Regional Education Meeting of the South West County Garden Trusts

at the Maddox Room, Stourhead, Mere. BA12 6QD
For further details and to book please contact Juliet Wilmot, Wiltshire Gardens Trust Education Co-ordinator. Email: juliet.wilmot@zeronet.co.uk or phone 01380 850314.



Saturday 14 March 2015
Study Day organised by the
Birkbeck Garden History Group

The Garden as a Battlefield
This study day will consider the influence of military engineering (e.g. fortifications) on garden design and the presence of motifs of battle in the garden. Venue: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Friendship Centre, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP (Nearest underground stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Covent Garden) >More details


Saturday 21 March 2015
Brenda Colvin Study Day

Museum of English Rural Life (MERL)
Includes display of Breand Colvin material in MERL's Reading Room from 10.30am onwards
>More details


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

 

Saturday 16 April 2015
'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 to follow.

 

 

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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St Giles House in Wimborne St Giles, Dorset, England; home of the Earls of Shaftesbury; built in 1651.
Image by courtesy of Justin Barton and Lord Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, Shaftesbury Estates, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Works taking place to conserve the shell grotto, at St Giles, by SSHConservation, 2014.
Photo by James Preston, via Wikimedia Commons.

>More details about the study day and booking form - pdf


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>More details about the sudy day and booking form - word doc

>More information about St. Giles House


 

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2015
Open Garden Squares Weekend (OGSW) will again take place in London in 2015, opening over 200 hidden and little known gardens to the public on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. >More details

 

Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July 2015
AGT Annual Conference, incorporating the AGT AGM and Business Meeting on Friday 24 July in Newcastle

The conference dinner will take place at The Buiscuit Factory, now a contemporary art gallery and visits to Croxdale Hall, Hardwick Hall landscaped garden, Durhan Cathedral, Alnwick Castle, Hulne Priory and Belsay Hall are included amongst others.
The provisionsl programme and booking form is attached here as a pdf or you can book on-line by following the link to the GHS -
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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
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Sept 2015, 3 day conference/symposium
Wilder by Design?
Managing landscape change and future ecologies.

>More details

 

COUNTY GARDEN TRUSTS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS 2014

Cheshire Gardens Trust
Dorset Gardens Trust
Isle of Wight Gardens Trust
Welsh Historic Gardens Trust
>More details

 

 

NEW PUBLICATIONS/BOOK REVIEWS

 

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

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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

 

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.  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.

 

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

AN INTRODUCTION TO GARDEN HISTORY
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

 

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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