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

 

GARDEN HISTORY SOCIETY TRIP TO THE GARDENS OF NORMANDY
10 to 16 September 2015
For members of the AGT and GHS to enjoy the superb landscapes and gardens of Normandy > Further details

 

The Capability Brown Festival is now recruiting for a staff team following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (see below). Roles available:
Festival Director
Deputy Director: Audience Development and Volunteer Programme
Research, Publications and Communications Officer
Festival Administrator

Click the job titles above or visit the Landscape Institute’s jobs website for further information.
The closing date for all applications is 31st May at 11.59pm

 

Nationwide Festival marking 300th Birthday of Capability Brown gets major funding boost
The Capability Brown Festival, which will celebrate the 300th Birthday of the ‘father of landscape architecture’ with a programme of nationwide events and exhibitions in 2016 has been awarded £911,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). >More details
>Capability Brown Festival website
see below for further updates and news

 

Parks Campaigning Update Update from the National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces

Government is at last forced to recognise growing calls for action to address the UK parks underfunding crisis. The 'Save Our Parks' UK petition sums up what needs to be done - the petition's influence is already being felt, being the clearest expression of the need for urgent, effective strategic action to save our green spaces under threat - please sign the petition now.
>Further details of all the above - much more and contacts

 

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


INSTITUTE OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH
'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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CBF300 NEWS

Golden Moments of Landscape
Steffie Shields discusses the relevance of ‘Capability’ Brown (1716–1783) for today’s gardeners, farmers and foresters Golden_moments_of_Landscape_Lincs_Life_article
with kind permission of Lincolnshire Life magazine


Visit www.capabilitybrown.org to find out more and to sign-up for updates in the run up to Capability Brown Festival 2016. Site of the month is Bowood.


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


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.

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
April 2015 Newsletter -
http://pulham.org.uk/2015/04/11/april-2015-news-letter/
November 2014 -
read it here
May 2014 - http://pulham.org.uk/2014/05/04/may-2014-news-letter/

Regional Education Meeting of the South West County Gardens Trusts - February 2015, Stourhead - Report of 2015 Meeting of The S W Trusts

AGT congratulates Writtle College
>More details


The Chartered Institute of Horticulture
Jessica Evans is the Chartered Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015. >More details


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>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



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

 

 


 

Saturday 30 May 2015
In conjunction with the Garden History Society and Yale University Press. Mark Laird, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architectural History, Harvard Graduate School of Design will lecture on A Natural History of English Gardening 1650-1800. >More details
MarkLaird.


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.

 

Saturday 8 August 2015

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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

A bus will be available to take visitors from Central Edinburgh to the venue. Tickets can be booked directly :https://littlespartagardenparty2013.eventbrite.co.ukor through the website http://www.littlesparta.org.uk from 1 March 2015. Entrance £25. With return bus £35. Contact Laura on 07826 495677 for further details.

 

10 to 16 September
Garden History Society Study Trip to the Gardens of Normandy
This Study Tour to Normandy is designed to highlight the range of gardens to be admired just on the other side of the Channel.
>Full itinerary and further details


 

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
KingsWestonBristol

 


 

 



September
Three day conference/symposium
Wilder by Design?
Managing landscape change and future ecologies.

>More details

Saturday 3 October 2015
9.45am to 16.00pm
The Swiss Garden and Bedfordshire Gardens Trust
‘Durability Guaranteed’…?
A study day to celebrate Pulhamite rockwork and its conservation

>More details and booking form

 

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

http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608014077702045937&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0

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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