Suffolk’s Unforgettable Garden Story

Suffolk’s Unforgettable Garden Story is an exciting new Gardens Trust project, funded by Historic England, which aims to recruit Suffolk volunteers and train them to research and record historic landscapes. The project will draw attention to the value of the county’s historic designed landscapes, and support local communities to champion their landscape heritage, ensuring its future protection.

Calling all Suffolk Volunteers

Over the next 18 months we will work closely with Suffolk Gardens Trust to recruit, train and support volunteers to research and record local historic landscapes. We want to draw on local knowledge and expertise to help ensure that these landscapes at risk are better understood and protected. Might you be interested?

The project aims to:

  • Compile a list of significant but non-designated landscapes, in other words those that are not included on Historic England’s Register of Parks and Gardens. We hope that the list will encompass a broad representation including some urban and 20th century sites from across the county.
  • Research and record these sites, and submit the information to the National Heritage List for England. We will also add it to Enrich the List, Historic Environment Records and other local lists.

Project Update 2023

We’re happy to announce the project has now been extended until Spring 2024, with Suffolk Gardens Trust members Linda Robinson and Patience Shone helping to take over from Karina Flynn to coordinate ongoing research, on the ground in Suffolk.

We are still awaiting decisions by Heritage England about site registrations based on the research that has already been submitted. However, we hope these will all be announced at our end of project celebration event, scheduled to take place at Abbotts Hall in Stowmarket on 8th March.

Sites that have been researched but which Historic England decide are not to be listed will be written up into a more accessible format and made available via the Suffolk Gardens Trust website. If you would like to help us with this and make our research more widely accessible, do get in touch.

In the meantime, volunteers in Suffolk are continuing to research various sites and submitting research to Historic England. They are planning some informal get togethers to discuss progress over coffee etc, and the plan is to keep the research group going after the end of the project in March.

If you would like to be involved at any level – in research, writing, making the research accessible or any other areas of Suffolk Gardens Trust activities, please get in touch with frankie.taylor@thegardenstrust.org