Support us

If you would like to support the charitable objectives of the Gardens Trust and the conservation of historic parks and gardens, please consider making a donation, joining us as a member and/or making provision for the Gardens Trust in your estate planning.


Please consider making a single or regular donation to support our charitable work, particularly in these challenging times: donate online now.

Join us

Becoming a member of the Gardens Trust you support the only national charity dedicated to the research and conservation of designed landscapes in England and Wales and to campaigning on their behalf. The Gardens Trust as the statutory consultee for registered parks and gardens plays a key conservation role and supports the County and Country Gardens Trusts in protecting and conserving our landscape heritage.

The Gardens Trust is widely recognised for its expertise and advice. The Gardens Trust’s conservation team, working closely with volunteers in the County Gardens Trusts, assesses all planning applications related to parks and gardens on Historic England’s Register. The Trust advises on the protection and restoration of individual parks and gardens and helps develop conservation strategies generally throughout the UK.

The Trust publishes the peer-reviewed journal Garden History, a regular newsletter and a wide range of leaflets and specialist publications. There is a full programme of garden visits, in the UK and overseas, lectures, seminars, and workshops specially organised for our members.

Membership benefits

On joining the Trust you will:

  • Help to support the Trust’s key role in advising on the protection and conservation of historic parks and gardens and other designed landscapes
  • Help to support the Trust’s key role in promoting the study of garden history
  • Help to support the Trust’s key role uniting all of us interested in historic parks and gardens, so that we can speak more powerfully together than with our local voices alone
  • Help to support the Trust’s unique work supporting and training local volunteers in County Gardens Trusts
  • Receive twice a year the Trust’s journal Garden History
  • Regularly receive ‘the Gardens Trust News’, containing news of developments in research, conservation and campaigns and details of our events
  • Be able to take part in the Trust’s programme of events and attend the Trust’s Annual Summer Conference at different regional venues each year
  • Draw on the expertise available in the Gardens Trust to develop your own knowledge and understanding of designed landscape, parks and gardens worldwide and their history.

Application to join

Single membership of the Gardens Trust is £35, joint is £43.  Members of any County Gardens Trust can join the national Gardens Trust for a reduced rate of £25 both single and joint. Other rates are detailed on the membership application.

To join the Gardens Trust please use the online application and renewal page or complete the Membership Leaflet and send it to:

The Gardens Trust Membership
47 Water Street
CO10 9RN

Phone: 01787 249286
Email us to join up, or for further information


If you remember that Gardens Trust in your will you can continue to support the Gardens Trust well into the future with its work to protect and conserve the UK’s unrivalled parks, gardens and designed landscapes.

Since the Garden History Society – one of the precursors of the Gardens Trust – was formed over 50 years ago, we have helped to save or conserve scores of important gardens. Rather than concentrate our efforts on owning a small number of gardens we spread our advice and help as widely as we can. We do this through our statutory casework, our advice, our publications, our campaigning and our research and education.

We rely on the generous help of our members and supporters. Without legacies we would have to reduce our activities. By leaving a legacy you can dramatically help the Gardens Trust’s conservation work.

It is extremely helpful for us to know when people have been kind enough to remember the Gardens Trust in their wills, or are actively intending to do so shortly.