Creating gardens has been a major British pastime for generations. Many of our best gardens are internationally famous and attract thousands of visitors each year.

Essex has its own rich and varied legacy of gardens great and small, which include work by many of the renowned names in gardening: the Tradescants, Bridgeman, Lord Petre, Capability Brown, Woods, Repton, Nesfield, Peto, Ellen Willmott, Gibberd and Beth Chatto.

The Essex Gardens Trust was formed in 1996 with the aims of:

  • Research Researching and recording historic gardens.
  • Newsletter  Stimulating interest in gardens of all periods and styles and generating enthusiasm for their care.
  • Education  To work with schools aiming to foster in children an early appreciation of gardens.
  • Events To provide throughout the year a varied programme of lectures and visits.

The Trust is affiliated to The Gardens Trust, a national organisation representing 34 County Garden Trusts actively engaged in conserving, researching, documenting and caring for our heritage of parks, gardens and designed landscapes, both private and public.  Click here for a copy of the  the TGT newsletter

Please browse though the web site to find out more about the Essex Gardens Trust and how to join! We hope to be able to meet you at a forthcoming event soon.

AGM 2017

Our day spent at Barnards Farm Gardens on Saturday 14th October was very enjoyable. After meeting for coffee, the AGM was chaired by Lord Petre and a new chairman, Thadian Pillai, elected. Minutes will be available on the Board Publications page once they are completed. Members and guests enjoyed walking around the gardens in mild and sunny conditions, a light lunch was provided, followed by an entertaining and interesting talk by  Xa Tollemache, garden designer. Her work can be seen during two of our trips next year - the recently opened Global Growth Vegetable Garden at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex, and her own garden at Helmingham Hall, Suffolk.

The Lecture Series, 2017-18

Saturday 18 November, 2017: Painshill, the restoration story.

Saturday 24 February 2018: Hatfield Forest, through the centuries.

Saturday 24 March 2018: Copped Hall, bringing the gardens back to life.

All lectures will be at Writtle University College at 2.30pm. Further details and how to book can be found on the Events Page.

Trips 2018

Tuesday 24 April 2018, National Trust Hatfield Forest, Essex.

Visit to Helmingham Hall, Suffolk. (Date to be confirmed).

Coach Trip to  Painshill Park, Surrey. (Date to be confirmed).

Thursday 12 July 2018, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex.

Details can be found on the Events page or on Facebook - see below.

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