Caring for the County’s parks, gardens and designed landscapes
Welcome to Northamptonshire Gardens Trust …
… a registered charity passionate about protecting and conserving our county’s historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes.
We are an enthusiastic group of volunteers who work in partnership to raise public awareness and appreciation of our enviable landscape heritage – from the recognised treasures and curiosities, to the less well-known surprises waiting to delight. Thoughtful conservation today can ensure a richer, biodiverse environment for future generations.
We hope you will enjoy the opportunity of discovery through our website. If you are interested in being part of a welcoming group of people passionate about making a difference and having fun – JOIN US >
Photography Competition 2019
Click an image while you are out and about and share your favourite for everyone to enjoy.
In this the European Year of the Tree we have chosen trees as the theme for our competition. Your photos can be of your favourite tree or woodland.
An independent judge will select three winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd) from your entries.
How to enter:
- To be submitted by email in *.jpeg format (original-sized image preferred) with your name and address, along with the name of the place where the photo was taken and the tree species if known.
- Must be no larger than 7” x 5” (7.5 cm x 12.5 cm) with your name and address clearly labelled on reverse, along with the name of the place where the photo was taken and the tree species if known.
- Post to: Pam Webbley, 2 Hind Stile, Higham Ferrers, Rushden, Northants NN10 8EA
- Please include a stamped addressed envelope if you would like your photo returned.
- To gain consent from any individuals in the photo
- NGT have the right to use the winning photos for
- publicity purposes, e.g. leaflets, website, social media.
We look forward to seeing your wonderful photos.
Winners will be announced at our December 2019 lecture
Visit to the Swiss Garden, Old Warden
Wednesday 17 July 2 p.m.
The Swiss Garden has been described as an ‘oasis of surprises’. It was made by the 3rd Lord Ongley of Old Warden Hall in the early C19 and centred upon a Swiss cottage atop a hill. Lord Ongley also gave the village a Swiss flavour. The estate was purchased by Joseph Shuttleworth in 1872 who gave the garden new impetus in a more Victorian style.
The garden was rescued from dereliction by the Bedfordshire County Council in 1976 and is now administered by the Shuttleworth Trust. We have booked a group tour of the garden itself, but would point out that the Shuttleworth collection of aircraft, etc. is also open (9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. extra cost) and there is a restaurant on site for lunch and teas if members wish.
Venue: Meet at the Visitor Centre car park (Post code: SG18 8EP)
Time: 2.00 p.m.
Cost: Members – £8 . Visitors are welcome – £10.
For details of past and future events, see Events & lectures >
Planting a tree with the help of Capability Brown
For a flavour of what we do …
Why not watch our video of Capability Brown's work at Castle Ashby.
Financed by Heritage Lottery funding as part of the Capability Brown Festival 2016, this film was inspired by Alan Titchmarsh in the television series entitled Titchmarsh on Capability Brown (Channel 4 2015) where he celebrates the 300th anniversary of his horticultural hero by helping to create one of Brown’s lost masterpieces at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire. The final programme of three showed him standing at Belvoir Castle accompanied by the Duchess of Rutland with a lap top in hand viewing drone footage of the landscape.
For more about this great landscape gardener, see Capability Brown >