14.11.2019 | Sharing landscapes, Unforgettable Gardens

Unforgettable Gardens

Historic parks and gardens are a much-loved part of our shared national story, appreciated now more than ever as Covid-19 forces us to evaluate the role of open space in our lives. 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 but now these precious treasures are more at risk than ever, as Covid-19 has forced many historic gardens to shut their doors and lose essential ticket revenue, whilst on the flipside public parks struggle to serve the growing needs of their communities for outside exercise.

From 2020 to 2022 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. This is a collaborative and evolving project so we would love to hear from you with ideas.

Get involved in Unforgettable Gardens

If you are not a member, we would love you to join the Gardens Trust to support this work. There are also a myriad other ways for you to get involved. For example, you could:

  • suggest a site or story to be the subject of our Covid-19 social media campaign
  • join us at our social media to highlight sites you are missing during lockdown, or sites you are now reliant on for your daily exercise
  • research a site near you that is in danger of being forgotten
  • write the story of a lost garden that will never be forgotten
  • host an online exhibition of old garden photographs
  • put together a volunteer group to help look after your local threatened landscape

Once the pandemic has passed, you could:

  • organise an event that highlights a phenomenal but vulnerable garden
  • ask a historic property if they need volunteer help with fundraising or maintenance to ‘catch up’ after the Covid-19 spring
  • host a ‘reunion’ for your local community in the park that served them so well during the pandemic
  • offer an outing for families to a public park they may not have visited before

You might find that your local County Gardens Trust is already working on plans – do contact them!

Any idea that helps celebrate and support our garden and landscape heritage will be welcome, and you might want to use the support materials from our previous activity pilots.

Once they are able to start up, we will be posting details of events, but if in the meantime you would like to discuss ideas or possibilities please email lindengroves@thegardenstrust.org

Please visit our growing Resource Hub to download support materials, including the Unforgettable Gardens logo.

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

A park with spring blossom without people