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.



Monday June 13. Tercentenary Debate: Lancelot Brown “ Visionary or Vandal?? (Warmington Heritage Group)
It is said that he changed the face of C18th England, moving hills, creating extensive lakes and shaping serpentine rivers that seemed to have no end.  No more for him the rigid formality of what had gone before.  His was art imitating nature so perfectly that it often seemed that nature itself  had perfected the view.
His was landscaping on a vast scale and his commissions were so numerous  and so enduring that what he did has shaped the way we view the world of landscape.
There have always been detractors, something as radical was bound to offend  somewhere and the argument continues.  In this tercentenary year of  Brown’s birth the Warmington Heritage Group and the Warwickshire Gardens Trust will argue it out in a debate.
Supporting his reputation will be Christine Hodgetts, independent garden historian. Opposing will be Stephen Wass, archaeologist, University of Oxford.
Venue National Herb Centre, Warmington, OX17 1DF. time: 7.30 Admission 2 (Wamington Heritage Group members free)

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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