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 >

Celebrating Humphry Repton …

In 2018 we will be celebrating the work of Humphry Repton, the last great landscape designer of the eighteenth century. March 2018 will be the bicentenary of his death.


Do join in this collaborative celebration of one of our greatest landscape and garden designers! County Gardens Trusts and other groups will be arranging events around the country to celebrate Repton’s work throughout 2018.

For the latest on events around the country and more, see The Gardens Trust >

We are researching his work in Northamptonshire. For the latest news, see Celebrating Humphry Repton 2018 >

Woburn Abbey Park

Tuesday 22 May at 10.15 a.m.

Following Keir Davidson's lecture at our AGM in April we shall visit Woburn Park to experience the landscape and be led on the Repton Walk by Martin Towsey, the Estate Gardens’ Manager at Woburn Abbey. Some of you may remember Martin when he gave us a lecture on the restoration of the gardens in March 2010. Repton regarded the Woburn landscape as the most fully realised of his designs.

The gates to the park open at 10 a.m. and we shall meet in the restaurant for tea/coffee and biscuits at 10.15 a.m. before going on our walk. Please wear suitable clothing.

After your walk, you may like to visit the Abbey itself which will be featuring a new exhibition "Humphry Repton: Art and Nature for the Duke of Bedford", including a display of two Red Books (Woburn and Endsleigh). A visit to the Abbey will be at an extra cost.


To include tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival, garden admission and tour:

  • £17.50 for members
  • £19.50 for guests.

For details of more lectures, 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 >