Northamptonshire

Gardens Trust

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 >

Welcome

This year, 2022, sees the Northamptonshire Gardens Trust celebrating its 30th anniversary, a considerable milestone and achievement for all those who have been involved in their work to do with the conservation of historic parks and gardens in Northamptonshire.

Susie Pasley-Tyler, President of Northamptonshire Gardens Trust


See more in our Journal 2022 ...

BARNSDALE GARDENS

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Summer Garden Visits

Just two of the garden visits we have arranged for Summer 2022 which we hope you will enjoy. See more details >>

Limited Edition Book

SULBY HALL

the second book in the series The Walled Kitchen Gardens of Northamptonshire to be published 14 May 2022

This book covers the history of Sulby Hall and its residents from the creation of the building by the famous architect John Soane to its demolition over 150 years later. The book will be of interest to both garden and local historians and to anyone interested in the Sulby area. It contains a wealth of previously unpublished research, using primary source documents, on the history of Sulby Hall, its people, pleasure grounds and the walled kitchen garden. The book contains information on the Hall and its owners throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and is beautifully illustrated with many images from a number of private collections.

This is the second publication by the Northamptonshire Gardens Trust and expands on the history of the walled kitchen garden by providing a comprehensive history of the Hall for which it was created.

Hardback | 110 pages | Over 120 illustrations in black & white and colour

Price £18.00 (cheque, cash or bank transfer) | P&P £4.00

Book launch

The book launch will take place at The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth Airfield, LE17 6JJ on Saturday 14 May between 2 and 4pm alongside an exhibition on Sulby Hall, and a small display on the history of kitchen gardens.

Copies of the book will be available, with the opportunity to chat to its author, Elizabeth Taylor, and members of her principal research team.

Refreshments will be available.

Interested?

Following the launch, copies of the book will be available from various local outlets and at our NGT lectures.

Or to order a copy please email gardenhistory@outlook.com

Historic parks and gardens are a much-loved part of our shared national story, appreciated now more than ever as COVID-19 forces us to evaluate the role of open space in our lives.

Sadly though, these unforgettable gardens are themselves at risk. Gardens and landscapes have always been vulnerable to destruction through maintenance cuts, neglect, development or mismanagement but now these precious treasures are more at risk than ever, as COVID-19 has forced many historic gardens to shut their doors and lose essential ticket revenue, whilst on the flip side public parks struggle to serve the growing needs of their communities for outside exercise.

From 2020 to 2022 The Gardens Trust will be celebrating Unforgettable Gardens – what they mean to us, the threats they face, and how you can help save them for future generations.

The Gardens Trust

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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 >