14.11.2019 | Sharing landscapes, Unforgettable Gardens

Unforgettable Gardens

Historic parks and gardens are a much-loved part of our shared national story, appreciated more than ever during lockdown, which has made us all more aware of the role of open space in our lives. Heritage landscapes are important not only for what they tell us about our history but for their contribution to our health and the wellbeing of our communities. Sadly though, these unforgettable gardens are themselves at risk.

Gardens and landscapes have always been vulnerable to destruction through maintenance cuts, neglect, development or mis-management. However, these precious treasures are now more at risk than. The Covid-19 lockdown forced many historic gardens to shut their doors and lose essential ticket and event revenue. Meanwhile public parks have struggled to serve the growing needs of their communities for exercise and outdoor socialising.

Celebrating Unforgettable Gardens

From 2020 to 2023 the Gardens Trust will be celebrating Unforgettable Gardens – what they mean to us, the threats they face, and how you can help save them for future generations. Even famous landscapes that are registered on the list of Parks and Gardens of Historic Interest can face threats.

We are running a series of online lectures about Unforgettable Gardens arranged in conjunction with County Gardens Trusts (CGTs) around the country. See our Unforgettable Gardens events listings for details.

Many CGTs are undertaking research and recording work to protect important gardens in the county.

Unforgettable Garden of the Month

Since January 2021 we have been featuring an Unforgettable Garden of the Month.

Aerial view of Cressing Temple walled garden

Aerial view of Cressing Temple walled garden, January 2015 © Essex CC

Read about them here:

Hestercombe, Somerset

The Plantation Garden, Norwich

Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

The Laskett, Herefordshire

Jardins de Villandry, Loire, France

Aberglasney Garden, Carmarthenshire, Wales

Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire

Denmans Garden, West Sussex

Princess Gardens and Royal Terrace Gardens, Devon

Get involved in Unforgettable Gardens

If you are not a member, we would love you to join the Gardens Trust to support this work. Many County Gardens Trusts (CGTs) are working on research and recording projects for unforgettable gardens in their areas, so do contact your local CGT!

To find out about other ways to get involved you can download ideas and materials from our Resource Hub. Any idea that helps celebrate and support our garden and landscape heritage will be welcome.

If in the meantime you would like to discuss ideas or possibilities please email lindengroves@thegardenstrust.org

You can also follow what is happening on Twitter: #unforgettablegardens

Fruit trees at Cressing Temple, Essex

Fruit trees at Cressing Temple, Essex © Rebecca Ashbey