Untold Garden Histories

Untold Histories: a photo of Lao Chao and a team of Chinese plant collectors

A recent Gardens Trust lecture series explored some of the untold histories of gardens, plants and landscapes that have been overlooked as a result of empire and enslavement. The research gave the 350-strong international audience a new perspective on topics including landscapes funded by enslavement, plants named after Western plant-hunters rather than the local people […]

Gertrude Jekyll in Sussex: new book

Jekyll plan for a Pleasure Garden in Sussex

A collection of new research by Sussex Gardens Trust explores the artist gardener, Gertrude Jekyll, through her drawings, correspondence and garden notebooks to reveal a fascinating picture of her commissions in Sussex. In 2019 a significant project was initiated by Surrey and Sussex Gardens Trusts, with the help of the conservation architect Michael Edwards, to […]

The Art of Unforgettable Gardens

Photograph of Fawley Bottom Farmhouse, home to John Piper

Art has long been used as a way to record or celebrate unforgettable gardens, and many artists have themselves created gardens treasured for both their horticultural heritage and artistic associations. Several County Gardens Trusts are using our unforgettable gardens campaign to highlight gardens in their area through projects featuring art or photography. Artists’ Gardens in […]

Glamping consultations on the increase

Capheaton boathouse, subject of glamping consultation

The Gardens Trust has seen a rise in planning consultations for glamping sites following the increased popularity of ‘staycations’. Examples are recent applications to install shepherd’s huts at Chillington and Godwick Hall, convert a boathouse at Capheaton (above), and add safari-style tents at Chavenage House. In our responses to these consultations we have highlighted how they provide […]

Industrial Heritage Strategy response

The Gardens Trust (GT) has commented on the draft Historic England Industrial Heritage Strategy. The strategy aims to set out a clear vision for the protection of industrial heritage. Industrial buildings and infrastructure often sit within important landscapes. Many power stations, reservoirs and roads had landscapes designed specifically for them by eminent landscape architects. We support […]

The Laskett, Herefordshire

The Laskett photo by Clive Nichols

The Laskett, Unforgettable Garden of the Month by Dr Heather Barrett-Mold OBE, Perennial Created from 1974 onwards by Sir Roy Strong and Julia Trevelyan Oman CBE The garden of the Laskett was designed and largely built by Sir Roy Strong and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman CBE. It is an autobiographical garden, reflecting their […]

Meet County Gardens Trusts at Blooming Gardens

Wisteria at Wrest Park

Meet local County Gardens Trust members at the Blooming Gardens weekends which will be held in June at major English Heritage gardens. Blooming Gardens is their annual celebration of our horticultural heritage and is an opportunity to enjoy these fine historic gardens at their best. Do come along, and visit our  stands to learn more about what […]

Alan Titchmarsh is new president of Hampshire Gardens Trust

The Gardens Trust welcomes the news that Alan Titchmarsh MBE has become the new President of Hampshire Gardens Trust, taking over from Gilly Drummond OBE who has been President since 2010. Gardens Trust Chairman, Peter Hughes, was delighted when he heard: “There is no one who has done more over the years to foster the […]

Celebrating Gardens Trust Volunteers

Gardens Trust Chairman Peter Hughes says: The first week of June is Volunteers’ Week, a time to recognise and appreciate the vital contribution that volunteers make to the work of charities across the length and breadth of the country. This last year has been exceptionally challenging, and the part played by volunteers all the more […]