12.12.2019 | News

Board Vacancies at the Gardens Trust

The Gardens Trust is looking for new volunteer members of its Board to help develop and deliver ambitious plans for its work protecting and conserving historic designed landscapes.

The Gardens Trust is the only UK national charity dedicated to protecting and conserving our heritage of designed landscapes. It campaigns for them, undertakes research and conservation work, and encourages public appreciation and involvement. The Trust is managed by a Board consisting of up to twelve Directors nominated by the existing Board and elected by Trust members at an Annual General Meeting. The Board currently meets four times each year in central London. Board members also normally participate in the work of one of the committees of the Trust: Conservation; Education and Events; or Administration and Finance.

As a statutory consultee in the English planning system, local authorities consult the Gardens Trust on any planning applications that affect gardens and landscapes listed on Historic England’s Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. The Gardens Trust is assisted in this important conservation role by local County Gardens Trust volunteers, whom it supports with a dedicated capacity-building programme.

In view of a number of vacancies being created on the Board due to term limits, the Gardens Trust is seeking expressions of interest from those who might be interested in joining the Board as a Director. We would particularly like to hear from you if you have experience in landscape conservation and planning; event and lecture organisation; marketing, communications and public relations; IT and web management; education; audience development; fundraising and grant applications; and finance. The Gardens Trust is committed to increasing diversity amongst its stakeholders, and this includes the Board. This is an unpaid post, but reasonable expenses can be covered.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Director of the Gardens Trust please contact the Trust’s Secretary, Maureen Nolan: honsec@thegardenstrust.org for an informal discussion.

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