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.
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:
Once the pandemic has passed, you could:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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