The Gardens Trust campaigns to save historic parks, gardens and landscapes and protect our heritage of gardens and landscapes. We also help more people enjoy and appreciate our landscape heritage by celebrating important landscape gardeners like Capability Brown and Humphry Repton.

The Garden Trust often works in partnership with other organisations, such as heritage bodies or local conservation groups. We campaign against damaging developments which threaten our historic gardens and landscapes, using our research. Celebrations include visits, lectures, conferences, family events and programmes that encourage everyone to enjoy their local historic landscapes.

Books and reports

Gardens Trust campaign publication on Capability BrownThe Gardens Trust and CGTs publish books and reports of the research carried out by their volunteers during campaigns or celebrations. Even landscapes by famous designers like Capability Brown are still at risk from development. Reports like Vulnerability Brown help to draw attention to these problems and encourage owners and councils to cherish their heritage. Publishing research can support the case for Historic England to include landscapes on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Parks and gardens which are registered because of their historic interest are protected through the planning system. This means that councils and owners have to consult the Gardens Trust about any developments, which is our formal role in the planning system.

Find out more about books published by County Garden Trusts as a result of Garden Trust campaigns.

Recent campaigns

The Gardens Trust is researching gardens created after 1945 to support the registration of those which have historic interest. We have joined the ongoing campaign to save parks from neglect and development caused by council cutbacks. In 2018 the Gardens Trust co-ordinated Celebrating Humphry Repton to mark his 200th anniversary, and in 2016 we were part of  the Capability Brown 300 Festival. Find out more about these campaigns and the information from them on the pages for each campaign.