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 >

The Gardens Trust Family Picnic 2018

Wicksteed Park, Kettering

Saturday 30 June from 11 a.m.

This will be a very special affair as we join with Wicksteed Park to celebrate the bicentenary of Humphry Repton.

Wicksteed Park is a much-loved leisure park with playground and rides that was created in the grounds of Barton Hall, for which Repton created a Red Book in 1793 – a park with a story!

Bring your own picnic and join us for 18th century games, gardening fun, cake and a ride on Wicksteed Park’s fabulous model railway train!

This day is open to all – young and old and we would love to involve grandparents, parents and children. Note games and activities recommended for the over-3s.


  • £5 per person
  • Babes in arms free of charge.

For details of more past and present, 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 >