Warwickshire Gardens Trust

Garden visiting is a national pastime and our finest parks and gardens are acclaimed internationally - yet they still have no statutory protection despite their vulnerability to modern pressures to change. Many fine gardens and parks have been lost or irretrievably damaged.

The Gardens Trust Movement is a direct response to this threat. The first Gardens Trust was founded in Sussex in 1980 and Warwickshire Gardens Trust was established in 1991. There are now thirty six county gardens trusts in England

Warwickshire Gardens Trust works within the old boundaries of the traditional county of Warwick. It aims to record and conserve gardens and parks of outstanding quality, and monitor threats to them.

Our aim is to raise public awareness of these gardens and parks, promoting the appreciation of them by lectures, visits and exhibitions.

We provide members with a programme of lectures, visits, seminars and newsletters.


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Sunday 18 September. Open Day, Packington Hall. 2-6 pm. Guided tours every half hour; teas. Admission 5.  Details

Optional, at 6 pm organ recital in Packington church. This organ belonged to Charles Jennens, librettist of the Messiah and cousin of the then Lord Aylesford. It was built to Handel’s specification for Jennens’ house at Gopsall, Leics., and it is likely to have been played by him. It was bequeathed to Lord Aylesford and was in the music room at Packington Hall until the later nineteenth century and then was moved to this church. This is a rare opportunity to hear this organ playing music from the time of Brown. Organist Peter Gregory GRSM, ARCM, Hon RSCM, organist of St. Alphege parish church, Solihull. Admission 5.
It is also an opportunity to see the interior of this astonishing building, “a leading contribution to the neoclassical revival” by Joseph Bonomi (1789-92) who was also responsible for the Pompeiian Room at the Hall. For tickets:  fat5@live.co.uk or ring 07956 571287

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More Capability Brown 300 events

Warwick Castle Park in the shadow of a housing estate. Appeals allowed


Mill Garden, Warwick

Capability Brown’s bank account. Brown banked with Drummonds, now owned by RBS. As their contribution to the tercentenary celebrations and the dozens of bits of research on Brown and his contacts now under way, RBS have published his pages online. Access is free, but an application form and copyright declaration must be completed before a password is received. Slightly convoluted, but definitely worth it. Thankyou RBS!

If you would like to draw our attention to a garden- related issue, or publicise a garden event, please contact us.

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