Gardens Trust

The Gardens Trust is a national organisation uniquely concerned with all historic designed landscape types and periods, from gardens to public parks to parkland and cemeteries. Its mission is to ‘Research, Conserve, Campaign’. Included in the GT’s membership are 36 independent charitable County and Country Gardens Trusts.

The Gardens Trust is the only national organisation working specifically to conserve historic designed landscapes, which are dramatically under threat from development, decay and poor management. It gives advice and is a statutory consultee in the planning system, fulfilling this by working with volunteers from the County Gardens Trusts. The Gardens Trust produces influential campaign publications and associated activities – the most recent is ‘Vulnerability Brown: Capability Brown landscapes at risk’.

Understanding is critical to conservation, the Gardens Trust encourages high-quality and accessible research from both professionals and volunteers. It is the leading publisher of academic research, through the acclaimed Garden History journal.

It works hard to train and support volunteers and others in the sector, with skill sharing frameworks, networking events, and an extensive training programme. The GT is proud to be leading a drive to help historic parks and gardens reach new audiences through its Sharing Repton: Historic Landscapes for All project, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. @thegardenstrust

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