Association of Gardens Trusts

The Association of Gardens Trusts

Caring for historic gardens and designed landscapes

The Association, a national charity, consists of 36 County Gardens Trusts from all over England, and is affiliated to the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust. Our focus is on promoting the enjoyment of gardens and parks to the general public. We learn about designed landscapes, engage in conservation, planning and garden research, and encourage gardens in schools.

Scroll down to find out about events near you and catch up on conservation news.

See County Gardens Trusts for contacts and to enquire about membership. Get involved! Find out more about garden heritage in your area.

 

Garden conservation
> Garden conservation

conservation reports and projects, government legislation

Learning about gardens
> Learning about gardens

encouraging school visits, supporting school projects, creating school gardens

Plant label 1874
> Garden research

articles, book reviews, links to databases and online archives

WHAT'S ON

NEWS


ST. GILES STUDY DAY
Wednesday 6 May 2015
AGT, Dorset Gardens Trust in conjunction with the GHS Research and Recording Study Day
St. Giles House, Wimborne, Dorset


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St Giles House in Wimborne St Giles, Dorset, England; home of the Earls of Shaftesbury; built in 1651.
Image by courtesy of Justin Barton and Lord Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, Shaftesbury Estates, via Wikimedia Commons.
FULL DETAILS AND BOOKING FORM AS LISTED IN THE WHAT'S ON SECTION OF THIS PAGE CAN BE FOUND BE CLICKING ON THIS LINK

 

Colonel Richard Gilbertson
(9 March 1926 - 17 February 2015)

ColRichardGilbertson
A great rose gardener and supporter of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, member of the Garden History Society, and a founder member of AGT and fomer AGT Treasurer, died recently aged 88 years.
>Tributes to Colonel Richard Gilbertson

>The Origins of Our Garden Roses by Colonel Richard Gilbertson

 

AGT ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July 2015
AGT Annual Conference, incorporating the AGT AGM and Business Meeting on Friday 24 July in Newcastle
>More details

 

 


Bristol Open Gardens Weekend  - following success of last year's inaugural event, Clifton & Hot Wells are having another Open Gardens Weekend 6th and 7th June 2015  
>More details

 

INSTITUTE OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH
Following on from the popularity of last year's course, another 8 week 'Research in Action' course will be running this summer on Wednesdays 11-1 at the Institute of Historical Research.
20 May 2015 to 8 July 2015. >More details


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Little Sparta Trust in partnership with the Garden History Society & AGT are hosting a special fund raising gala opening of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s  garden in North Lanarkshire, Scotland on Saturday 8th  August 2015 from 11-3pm. >More details


Parks and Gardens UK
Parks & Gardens UK
is the leading on-line resource for historic parks and gardens providing freely accessible, accurate and inspiring information on UK parks, gardens and designed landscapes and all activities concerned with their promotion, conservation and management. Read the latest informative and inspiring Parks & Gardens UK blog here
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Parks & Gardens UK produces the first Gazetteer of UK War Memorial Parks and Gardens. The Gazetteer is freely available on the Parks & Gardens UK website gardening-in-wartime

 

AGT/GHS Proposed Merger
Mike Dawson should be your first point of contact for any queries in relation to the merger. Check out the dedicated AGT/GHS merger website for regular updates.



OGSW
OPEN GARDEN SQUARES WEEKEND
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2015
Open Garden Squares Weekend (OGSW) will again take place in London in 2015, opening over 200 hidden and little known gardens to the public on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. Details of all the gardens are now available to explore on line and they will be announcing more special activities - including full programme of walking tours and a range of exciting arts activities, in the coming months. >More details



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Parks & Gardens UK Brown Landscape of the Month capability-brown -this month featuring Kirkharle

CAPABILITY BROWN FESTIVAL NEWSLETTERS
January/February 2015 >read it here
November 2014 - >read it here
October 2014
- >read it here


'The Great Stare' –Milton Abbey, Dorset, wins Heritage Lotery and Viridor funding
>More details.
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CB300 Interactive Map Launch
The map showcasing over 250 Capability Brown attributed sites across the unites geography, history, landscape and the legacy of Capability Brown through its visual mapping of Capability Brown's work. >Read the map here

Ceryl Evans CB300 Project Manager
>More information and contact details


Financial Times article by Jane Owen
Capability Brown continuing to inspire restoration and landscape management at Euston in Suffolk in time for 2016! >More details >Video link

Kent Gardens Trust report for the Brown site, Valence >More details

Report including sources for Capabiliy Brown researchers: LANCELOT 'CAPABILITY' BROWN Research Impact Review prepared for English Heritage by University of East Anglia Landscape Group.

ICOMOS-UK International Conference

Click on this link to explore the CB300 site and to Discover, Learn and register your support: www.capabilitybrown.org.

Association of Gardens Trusts - CB300 Archive

 

Historic Landscape Project Resource Hub
Enter it from HERE and register to access CGT hints and tips, download useful resource materials.

NEWSLETTERS/JOURNALS

AGT Eyecatcher Newsletters
No 31 >read it here (February 2015)
No 30 >read it here
No 29 >read it here

The Garden History Society
Garden Museum Journal - Summer 2014
Mirco-News, Winter 2013

>read it here

Parks & Gardens UK > MAY NEWSLETTER

FOLAR "FRIENDS OF THE LANDSCAPE LIBRARY & ARCHIVE AT READING" Newsletter, issue one, Dec 2014
read it here

The Pulham Legacy - Newsletters
November 2014 -
read it here
May 2014 - http://pulham.org.uk/2014/05/04/may-2014-news-letter/

 

HLF have published its State of UK Public Parks Report StateOfUKParks2014_full_report
and to coincide with this publication, English Heritage has released a report by Dr Katy Layton-Jones - 'National Review of Research Priorities for Urban Parks, Designed Landscapes, and Open Spaces'.
Research report available on-line here.


Halt UK Parks Slide into Crisis letter
from Dave Morris, Campaigns Officer, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces, amplifying the voices of the Friends Groups' movement www.natfedparks.org.


SAVE OUR PARKS! Protect and invest in the UK's public green spaces -
- halt the slide into crisis
- protect and invest in the UK’s green spaces
- let's make parks a General Election issue in 2015
>Save our Parks Petition

 

Rivington Terraced Gardens, Lancashire, elected one of Countryfiles Top Ten Lost Gardens -was shown on Sunday 30 November 2014and included highlights of Lancashire as a whole.


Hamilton Gardens wins International Garden of the Year Award 2014 >More details



Article by Claire Masset
Manage an historic garden
- looking after or seeking funding for a heritage or listed garden project?
>More details

AGT Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014 Congratulations to Janice Bennetts of Hampshire Gardens Trust and all the other nominees. >More details


Emma Schofield
, AGT Education Schools Co-ordinator was presented with the Judges Award for "Inspiring work with children” and her school, Boston West Academy won RHS Gold the first time of entering in the East Midlands In Bloom Awards. Emma was also recently awarded the LOtC 2014 Award.


University of Reading

MERL Seminars: Discovering the Landscape
>More details

 

Official launch of the European Institute for Gardens and Landscapes website
The European Institute for Gardens and Landscapes (IEJP), founded in 2013 in Bénouville, in Calvados, now boasts its very own website: europeangardens.
>More details


Compton Verney Art Gallery secures Heritage Lottery Fund support. It was announced today that the award-winning national art museum Compton Verney has received £2.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Compton Verney Landscape Restoration Project. The project aims to preserve, restore and celebrate an outstanding ‘Capability’ Brown park, which includes a rare, Brown-designed and Grade I-listed Chapel. >More details2015 Exhibitions at Compton Verney
>More details


Art Happens The Dan Pearson and William Morris Meadow
Compton Verney Art Gallery successfully raises funds from the public to realise landscape designer Dan Pearson’s project. Visual of the proposed Parterre at Compton Verney (c) Dan Pearson Studio >More details


The Chartered Institute of Horticulture
Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015 competition is launched!
>More information
The Chartered Institute of Horticulture makes history for professional horticulture
>More information


Dorset Gardens Trust Bursary Scheme


Welsh Historic Small Grants Scheme
>More details

 
English Heritage: Find out what's at risk by searching or downloading the Risk Register here


Advice
concerning conservation and management of War Memorials.


Plant Heritage's Threatened Plants Project
– conserving old, rare and valuable cultivars > More details

Parks for People


Gardens Trust members please send in events information for the Whats On section of the home page and snippets of news, (i.e. short, interesting, amusing or odd items concerning gardens) to gardenstrusts@agt.org.uk

 

 


Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust
Spring Talks - January to April

All talks held on Saturdays at 2.30pm at the County Museum, Aylesbury.
£10 members / £12 guests
>More details and booking form


Saturday 28 March  
Hampshire Gardens Trust Research Group Study Day  
Women Gardeners & Garden Owners in the early 20th Century

Old Alresford Place, Old Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9DH
>More details and booking form



Saturday 25th April
Oxfordshire Gardens Trust
Talk and guided tour of Ewelme Watercress Beds, Ewelme, OX10 6HQ

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>More details

 

Wednesday 6 May
AGT, Dorset Gardens Trust in conjunction with the GHS
Research and Recording Study Day
St. Giles House, Wimborne, Dorset

(by kind permission of The Earl of Shaftesbury)

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St Giles House in Wimborne St Giles, Dorset, England; home of the Earls of Shaftesbury; built in 1651.
Image by courtesy of Justin Barton and Lord Nicholas Ashley-Cooper, Shaftesbury Estates, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Works taking place to conserve the shell grotto, at St Giles, by SSHConservation, 2014.
Photo by James Preston, via Wikimedia Commons.

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>More details about the sudy day and booking form - word doc
>More details about the study day and booking form - pdf
>More information about St. Giles House

ADDITIONAL VISIT TO OLD FONTHILL ABBEY
Great Western Avenue, Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire SP3 6SP on TUESDAY 5th MAY 2015 (2.00pm to 4.00pm) for those attending the St. Giles Study Day (details above) on the 6 May 2015.
 >More details

 

Thursday 21 May
Lednice/Valtice
Bringing the UNESCO-listed historic gardens in Moravia to life

A lecture by Ing. Přemysl Krejčiřík PhD and Kamila Krejčiříková PhD. 6.30pm in the Czech Embassy, London W8 4QY
>More details


Hampshire Gardens Trust
Spring/Summer Events Listings
Wednesday 3 June: Day Trip to Isle of Wight
Tuesday 16 June: Dorset Self‐Drive Trip
Thursday 25 June: Private Evening Visit to The Garden Gallery, Broughton
Thursday 9 July: Romsey Self‐Drive Trip
Tuesday 14 July: Arundel Castle & Gardens Trip
>More details
>HGT event application form

 

6 and 7 June
Bristol Open Gardens Weekend 
- following success of last year's inaugural event, Clifton & Hot Wells are having another Open Gardens Weekend
>More details


13 June
Ymddiriedolaeth Gerddi Hanesyddol Cymru/
Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Study Day
CONSERVATION OF NATIONAL COLLECTIONS and their importance in the Historic Landscape
at Bodnant Welsh Food
Furnace Farm, Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy.
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>More details

 


OGSW
OPEN GARDEN SQUARES WEEKEND
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June
Open Garden Squares Weekend (OGSW) will again take place in London in 2015, opening over 200 hidden and little known gardens to the public on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. Details of all the gardens are now available to explore on line and they will be announcing more special activities - including full programme of walking tours and a range of exciting arts activities, in the coming months. >More details

 

Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July
AGT Annual Conference, incorporating the AGT AGM and Business Meeting on Friday 24 July in Newcastle

The conference dinner will take place at The Biscuit Factory, now a contemporary art gallery and visits to Croxdale Hall, Hardwick Hall landscaped garden, Durhan Cathedral, Alnwick Castle, Hulne Priory and Belsay Hall are included amongst others.
The provisionsl programme and booking form is attached here as a pdf or you can book on-line by following the link to the GHS -
annual-summer-conference-newcastle.

 

Tuesday 22 September
AGT, Avon Gardens Trust in conjunction with the GHS
Kings Weston, Bristol
Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown at Kings Weston: Exploring his Legacy of Comfort and Elegance
>More details
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September
Three day conference/symposium
Wilder by Design?
Managing landscape change and future ecologies.

>More details

WHAT'S ON 2016

Saturday 16 April 2016
'Lancelot Brown and his Associates'

Study day to be held at Heathmount School at Watton-at-Stone in Herts. Speakers include Tom Williamson and David Brown and the focus will be on putting Brown into context. More details to follow.

 

 

COUNTY GARDEN TRUSTS ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS 2014

Cheshire Gardens Trust
Dorset Gardens Trust
Isle of Wight Gardens Trust
Welsh Historic Gardens Trust
>More details

 

 

NEW PUBLICATIONS/BOOK REVIEWS

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Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds
Victoria Summerle
Book Review by Ros Delany

 

 

 

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Suffolk Gardens Trust is pleased to announce the publication of their latest book ‘Walled Gardens of Suffolk’, the result of a decade of research to identify and record walled gardens and also to advise owners and tenants as to how they can be revitalised and the role they can play in the 21st century. 
> Suffolk GT Walled Gardens PRESS RELEASE
> Order form

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Walled Kitchen Gardens of the Isle of Wight
Edited by Helen Thomas, with assistance from the Walled Kitchen Garden Project Team. In 2014 IWGT carried out a one year project to identify, record and learn about the history of walled kitchen gardens throughout the Isle of Wight. This was made possible by a Sharing Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The book is available online at http://www.iwhistory.org.uk/iwgt/wkg.pdf or via a link on
the Project Page of the new IWGT website www.iowgardenstrust.co

 

John Stuart, 3rd Earl ofBute, 1713-92
BOTANICAL AND HORTICULTURAL INTERESTS AND LEGACY
Edited by Charlotte Phillips and Nora Shane

This book is a collection of short essays that focuses on Lord Bute’s botanical and horticultural interests and legacy.
>More details

 

THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE GARDEN
George Plumptre

Photographs by Marcus Harper Frances Lincoln, London, 2014 ISBN 978 0 7112 3299 0
Hardback £25.00 (£20 Special Offer for CGT members)
TheEnglishCountryHouseGarden

The English County House Garden is written by George Plumptre, chief executive of the National Garden Scheme and author of numerous books on garden history, design and horticulture.
Plumptre has selected 25 gardens to represent the tradition of English country house gardens. >Review by Sarah FitzGerald, Dorset Gardens Trust

 

The New English Garden
by Tim Richardson, Photographs by ANDREW LAWSON

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A Comprehensive overview of the contemporary English garden scene, by the dream team of Tim Richardson, most perceptive and insightful of contemporary writers on gardens, and
renowned garden photographer Andrew Lawson.
>More details

 

KarenPlatt

Author Karen Platt is pleased to announce the release of her latest garden book Karen Platt’s Common-Botanical Plant Names. The book is one of the biggest of its kind, containing 40,000 cross-referenced common plant names from around the world.  Karen Platt’s Common-Botanical Plant Names is available exclusively for download. Price 7.99 and will shortly be available at all booksellers. Contact: k@karenplatt.co.uk.

 

Congratulations to Norfolk Gardens Trust!!
In NGT's 25th Anniversary year, their splendid new book, including a foreword by HRH Prince Charles was recently launced. Norfolk Gardens and Designed Landscapes. The book is published by Windgather Press.


Warwickshire Gardens Trust
Ever since they appeared in ancient Egypt, obelisks have retained their power. The Obelisks of Warwickshire is a guidebook to 20 notable examples, together with many others in the county. >Further details

New publications from English Heritage:
Register of Parks and Gardens Selection Guides >More details. New Designation Yearbook >More details

More book reviews

 

 

COURSES

INSTITUTE OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH
Following on from the popularity of last year's course, another 8 week 'Research in Action' course will be running this summer on Wednesdays 11-1 at the Institute of Historical Research.
20 May 2015 to 8 July 2015.
>More details


 

 

 

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