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Calling all members of the National Trust - will you help us?


In its review of nominating bodies to their Council, the National Trust has advised that we, the Gardens Trust, will appear on the ballot paper but will not be a ‘recommended’ organisation to remain on the Council. If we are not re-elected to Council, the Gardens Trust, as the Government’s Statutory Consultee, will no longer have a voice within the National Trust regarding over 250 historic landscapes in its care.


Gardens Trust and County Gardens Trust members, and our other supporters, who are also members of the National Trust, have a chance to ensure that our views on historic landscapes continue to guide the National Trust’s work by using your vote to champion the Gardens Trust to remain a vocal and effective member of National Trust Council.


We all need to remain vigilant and work collaboratively with professionals, our members and County Gardens Trusts who have a major role to play in protecting these sites for future generations to enjoy.


The National Trust’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 20 October 2018 at the STEAM Museum in Swindon. Information will be sent to National Trust members and available on their website from early September. Last year there were only about 30,000 members using their vote, out of a total of 5 million+ members. Please could I ask you if you are a National Trust member to take a few moments to return the ballot papers and to vote FOR the Gardens Trust continuing to have a representative on Council. Your vote will make a difference!


Mary's Mosaics - new blog by David Marsh

If you love reading about garden history, follow trustee David Marsh's Gardens Trust blog and receive a fascinating and well-researched article to enjoy every weekend. His latest post is Mary's Mosaics, about Mary Delaney, gardener and artist, celebrated for her intricate paper flowers: "In her early 70s, Mary began assembling what was to become  her most celebrated work, the Flora Delanica. This was an extraordinary detailed and accurate  florilegium of nearly 1000  complex and beautiful images  of flowers and plants which she called ‘paper mosaiks’...she wrote "I have invented a new way of imitating flowers".... Read more of David's latest GT blog  


MBEs for Steffie Shields & John Phibbs

We are happy to announce that Steffie Shields, Vice President of the Gardens Trust, was recognised with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Artist, writer and landscape expert Steffie has been a driving force at the Gardens Trust, and we’re proud to celebrate with her .... Read more







Parks and Gardens UK is entering an exciting phase in its development at its new home with the Hestercombe Gardens Trust.  In September 2016 Parks and Gardens UK with Hestercomble Gardens Trust received £97,900 from the HLF tosecure the future of the Parks and Gardens UK database and website of historic designed landscapes.


For more details, please see the website www.parksand gardens.org


The Gardens Trust has just launched a brand new online discussion group: the County Gardens Trust Forum. This is intended as an easy-to-use platform for CGTs to share ideas, experiences, questions and problems and to network with other CGTs. It takes seconds to register and there are clear and simple instructions on how to read and comment on posts. Follow the link on the home page of the Gardens Trust’s website (see LINKS above). Please note that the new Forum will replace the Historic Landscape Project’s email discussion group, LeapTheHaha, which will be closed down in due course.


How Caple Court © Jane Patton



Croome Landscape Park © Robert Anderson





Whitfield Court from the park by Joshua Cristall