Caring for historic gardens and designed landscapes
We are now called The Gardens Trust
On 24 July 2015 we merged with our sister organisation The Garden History Society, representing the counties of England and Wales. You can read more about this below in the News section. This website will remain in place for the immediate future, but we will be migrating the content from both organisations to our new website in due course.
See County Gardens Trusts for contacts and to enquire about membership. Get involved! Find out more about garden heritage in your area.
Organiser for The Gardens Trust’s Annual Conference and AGM, 2017
The Gardens Trust is planning to appoint a ‘semi-voluntary’ conference organiser for its 2017 conference which will be held at the end of July 2017 in association with the Devon County Gardens Trust. The appointment will run as a pilot initially, but may be continued for conferences in future years. >More details
CHESHHIRE GARDENS TRUST are delighted to announce the launch of their new bright and inviting website, check it out at: www.cheshire-gardens-trust.org
CAPABILITY BROWN FESTIVAL 2016
Find out more about hubs, urban and ambassador sites as well as audience development projects, running throughout 2016. For all the latest Festival updates visit:
Steffie Shields Lecture Dates 2016/2017
Book release: ‘Moving Heaven & Earth - Capability Brown & the Gift of Landscape’ by Steffie Shields, due for publication by Unicorn Press April 2016
WILTSHIRE GARDENS TRUST are proud to annouce the launch of their new website at: www.wiltshiregt.org.uk
(Hyperlink not currently in operation from the AGT site)
PUBLIC MONUMENTS AND SCULPTURE
Nominations and submissions for the 2016 Marsh Awards are invited from artists, designers, conservators, architects, sponsors, members of the public and potential clients for new work and conservation projects. >More details
National Geographic Travel magazine has just released its 20 go-to destinations for 2016 – and Capability Brown’s ‘gardens’ have made the list. >All can be seen here
THE GARDENS TRUST
NEW RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Following the union of the AGT and GHS the scope of the annual Graduate Symposium has been extended so that it is now open to all researchers and scholars, regardless of whether they are independent or attached to an academic institution.
Launched in 2011, the five annual symposia have hosted papers from 23 researchers, many of whom are members of County Gardens Trusts. In 2016 The Gardens Trust is hosting the 6th symposium as the New Research Symposium during the annual conference at Robinson College, Cambridge. >More details
Funding awarded to explore urban public parks
The University of Bradford has been awarded funding to undertake innovative research into the past and future prospects of urban public parks.
We are now called The Gardens Trust.
On the 24 July 2015 we merged with our sister organisation the Garden History Society.
The main aims of the newly formed trust are:
- To speak with a more powerful voice for the protection of parks, gardens and designed landscape;
- To play a key garden conservation role in the planning system as a statutory consultee;
- To provide support to strengthen the local activity of the County and Country Gardens Trusts;
- To be an internationally regarded centre of excellence in the study of garden history;
- To live within the means of the merged organisation and be financially sustainable over the long term.
THE FORMATION OF THE GARDENS TRUST:
A POWERFUL NEW VOICE FOR BRITAIN'S PARKS AND GARDENS >Read the full Press Release here
Presentations at The AGT AGM on Friday 24 July 2015 to Gilly Drummond and Lorna McRobie
Presentation of Narcissus ‘Gilly Drummond’ by Steffie Shields to Gilly Drummond
The Scrapbook, Memories of Gardens Trusts, presented to Gilly Drummond and Lorna McRobie at the AGT AGM on Friday the 24 July, which celebrates the work of the AGT/CGTs can now be viewed at:
MEMORIES of Gardens Trusts
If you would like to purchase a copy of the book please click on the link: Memories of Gardens Trusts - Blurb Book Preview
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF PARKS AND GREEN SPACES
The umbrella organisation for the UK's Friends of Parks Forums and the Friends Groups movement
www.natfedparks.org. Please join the effort by widely promoting the 'Save Our Parks' UK petition: >Save our Parks UK Petition. >More details
INSPIRING COMMUNITY GARDENING PROJECTS OF 2015
Click on the link below to discover these projects - gardening-projects. Easy to use advice blog post for all those keen gardeners to make sure they are ready for the impending Autumn months.
HISTORIC ENGLAND - HERITAGE ANGELS 2015
St Giles House and Park, won the award for the Best Rescue of Any Other Type of Building or Site. >More details.
AGT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015
presented to KATE HARWOOD. >More details
WE FEEL IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THE PETITION ORGANISED BY THE HERITAGE ALLIANCE. PLEASE SIGN NOW AT:http://www.theheritagealliance.org.uk/heritage-petition
Isle of Wight Historic Environment Action Plan for Designed Landscapes >More details. The HEAP is published on-line at:
Caldwell's Nurseries Project Online
"Better than Fiction"
Steffie Shields recommends Emma, Duchess of Rutland’s new book: ‘Capability’ Brown and Belvoir –Discovering a Lost Landscape.
With kind permssion of Lincolnshire Life.
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
CB300 Interactive Map . >Read the map here
Click on this link to explore the CB300 site, see the Site of the Month and to Discover, Learn and register your support: www.capabilitybrown.org.
Association of Gardens Trusts - CB300 Archive
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
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
Historic Landscape Project Resource Hub
Enter it from HERE and register to access CGT hints and tips, download useful resource materials.
THE GARDENS TRUST MICRO NEWS - DECEMBER 2015
(AGT Eyecatcher Newsletters)
Now The Gardens Trust
No 31 >read it here (February 2015)
No 30 >read it here
No 29 >read it here
(The Garden History Society)
Now The Gardens Trust
Garden Museum Journal - Summer 2014
Mirco-News, Winter 2013
>read it here
Parks & Gardens UK > MAY 2015 NEWSLETTER
Historic Gardens Foundation Newsletter No.41 - October 2015
FOLAR "FRIENDS OF THE LANDSCAPE LIBRARY & ARCHIVE AT READING" Newsletter, issue one, Dec 2014
read it here
THE PULHAM LEGACY
April 2015 http://pulham.org.uk/2015/04/11/april-2015-news-letter/
Advice concerning conservation and management of War Memorials.
Plant Heritage's Threatened Plants Project – conserving old, rare and valuable cultivars > More details
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 email@example.com
Michael Symes, an author, lecturer and garden historian based in Surrey, will be launching his new book ‘The English Landscape Garden in Europe’ with a special talk and book signing. The free talk will take place 11am, 29 April at Painshill landscape garden, Cobham, Surrey.
Specialist Rhododendron Workshop with Lord Ashbrook and CGT’s Ruth Brown
Arley Hall and Gardens, Cheshire
Organised by Cheshire Gardens Trust
18 - 24 May
Gardens and Highlights of Friuli Venezia Giulia
Visit to historical and contemporary gardens of Friuli Venezia Giulia - Itinerary tailor made for Suffolk Gardens Trust. FVG is a very beautiful region in the North Eastern corner of Italy, on the Border with Slovenia to the East and Austria to the North. It was subject to the Absburg Empire up until WWI, and the influences are still very strong, both in architecture, food, traditions and thankfully in gardening, too.
More details about the event can be found at:
Please note this is not a Gardens Trust organised event.
Sunday 12th June and Sunday 18th September
Lancelot Brown & Caversham Park
2pm to 6pm. Admission will be by ticket, which must be obtained in advance. Organised by Berkshire Gardens Trust
As part of the nation-wide Capability Brown Festival, Berkshire Gardens Trust has arranged with the BBC for Caversham Park to be open on the afternoons of Sunday 17th April (sold out),
Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June
TOUR OF NORTHUMBERLAND
Organised by Yorkshire Gardens Trust
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June
OPEN GARDEN SQUARES WEEKEND
Open Garden Squares Weekend 2016 - the magical two-day event when over 200 private and little-known gardens open to the public - will take place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June this year. A single ticket allows visitors to discover and explore a range of stunning gardens not normally open to the public, including magnificent roof-top gardens with panoramic views to diminutive spaces tucked behind the hustle and bustle of London’s busy streets. To find out more about Open Garden Squares Weekend visit www.opensquares.org or follow on Twitter for the latest news @OpenSquares
5 – 7 August
Capability Brown Conference:
Moving heaven and earth
Speakers, Caroline Holmes, Steffie Shields, Dr Twigs Way, Richard Grant and Sarah Spooner.
Thursday 1 - Sunday 4 September
Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust in association with the Gardens Trust
A Tercentenary Conference on Lancelot 'Capability' Brown/Annual General meeting of the Gardens Trust/New Research Symposium
Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust and The Gardens Trust are pleased to welcome all gardeners & historians to a Special Conference on Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 300 years on: a celebration of his life and work in Cambridgeshire. ‘There wants a good plan!’ – a weekend of lectures, guided tours and a conference dinner, for members and guests of The Gardens Trust, at Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9AN.
>Provisional Programme and Booking Form
9 to 11 September
Capability Brown: Perception and Response in a Global Context
The University of Bath
This major conference, organised by the Cultural Landscapes and Historic Gardens Committee of ICOMOS-UK (International Council on Monuments and Sites UK), will be one of the highlights of the first-ever national Capability Brown Festival, providing an international dimension to
complement the UK’s national festival of events, openings, exhibitions and publications.
BOOK REVIEWS/NEW PUBLICATIONS
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
Walled Kitchen Gardens of the Isle of Wight
Edited by Helen Thomas, with assistance from the Walled Kitchen Garden Project Team. 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.
THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE GARDEN
Photographs by Marcus Harper Frances Lincoln, London, 2014 ISBN 978 0 7112 3299 0
Hardback £25.00 (£20 Special Offer for CGT members)
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
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.
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