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.
See County Gardens Trusts for contacts and to enquire about membership. Get involved! Find out more about garden heritage in your area.
National Geographic Travel magazine has just released its 20 go-to destinations for 2016 – and Capability Brown’s ‘gardens’ (we’ll just about forgive the wording) has made the list. All 20 can be seen here: >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
"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.
Capability Brown Festival 2016:
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.
Garden Volunteers Required
Do you have time to spare on a Tuesday or Thursday?
The Arboricultural Association 49th Annual Conference review >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
Presentations at The AGT AGM on Friday 24 July 2015 to Gilly Drummond and Lorna McRobie
Presentation of Narcissus ‘Gilly Drummond’ by Steffie Shields to Gilly Drummond
The Scrapbook, Memories of Gardens Trusts, which was 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 follow the link below:
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
Save and Protect UK Parks
Let's make the protection and improvement of our local open spaces a priority!
Please join the effort by widely promoting the 'Save Our Parks' UK petition: >Save our Parks UK Petition.
INSPIRING COMMUNITY GARDENING PROJECTS OF 2015
Click on the link below to discover these projects - please be patient as it takes a few seconds to fully load! but it is worth it. gardening-projects
Easy to use advice blog post for all those keen gardeners to make sure they are ready for the impending Autumn months. Also included are some ‘places to visit’ that are renowned for their beauty in the Autumn.
HISTORIC ENGLAND - HERITAGE ANGELS 2015
St Giles House and Park, Wimborne St Giles has been nominated for two awards - the rescue of the House and Park and for the Shell Grotto. Also nominated are: The Kings Weston Action Group for the rescue of The Kings Weston Estate. The Winners will be announced here later.
AGT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015
presented to KATE HARWOOD of Hertfordshire Gardens Trust at the AGT AGM on Friday 24 July by Gilly Drummond, OBE DL.
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
It is very easy just name and email (kept confidential) - THANK YOU
Isle of Wight Historic Environment Action Plan for Designed Landscapes >More details
The HEAP is published on-line at:
Caldwell's Nurseries Project Online
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 & 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
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.
AGT Eyecatcher Newsletters
No 31 >read it here (February 2015)
No 30 >read it here
No 29 >read it here
The Garden History Society
Garden Museum Journal - Summer 2014
Mirco-News, Winter 2013
>read it here
Parks & Gardens UK > MAY NEWSLETTER
Historic Gardens Foundation Newsletter No.41 - October 2015
FOLAR "FRIENDS OF THE LANDSCAPE LIBRARY & ARCHIVE AT READING" Newsletter, issue one, Dec 2014
read it here
The Pulham Legacy - Latest Newsletter
September 2015 Newsletter -
April 2015 Newsletter - http://pulham.org.uk/2015/04/11/april-2015-news-letter/
Advice concerning conservation and management of War Memorials.
Plant Heritage's Threatened Plants Project – conserving old, rare and valuable cultivars > More details
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
London Parks & Gardens Trust
Winter Lectures 2015 – 2016
Monday evenings, 7-8 pm (6.30 for a glass of wine)
The Gallery, 70-77 Cowcross Street (Entrance: through courtyard to far end, down stairs). London EC1M 6EL
The Capability Brown Tercentenary
Master-classes 2015, with John Phibbs
Scampston, Yorkshire – Wednesday 25th November 2015
Berrington, Herefordshire – Friday 27th November 2015
30 January 2016
INTRODUCTION TO GARDEN HISTORY
Birkbeck Garden History Group
Garden history is a fascinating amalgam of social history, art, architecture, landscape and gardens generally. 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 some of the aspects mentioned above. This introductory study day was so popular last year that BGHG are running it for a second time. Participants will receive complimentary membership for one year of the Birkbeck Garden History Group, which arranges study visits to historic gardens in the summer months and lectures in the winter.
Saturday 16 April 2016
'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.
5th – 7th August 2016
Ashridge Garden History Summer School
In association with The National Trust
The Life and Work of Lancelot “Capability” Brown (1716-1783)
COUNTY GARDEN TRUSTS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Cheshire Gardens Trust
Dorset Gardens Trust
Isle of Wight Gardens Trust
Welsh Historic Gardens Trust
BOOK REVIEWS/NEW PUBLICATIONS
Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds
Book Review by Ros Delany
New publication from NPE and NAAONB -
'So much more than the view...'
England’s most iconic landscapes – a hidden economic powerhouse
Far from being sleepy backwaters, England’s finest landscapes, National Parks and AONBs, contribute more than £20bn each year to our economy – similar to that of Birmingham.
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
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.
THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE GARDEN
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.
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