Warwickshire Gardens Trust

Garden visiting is a national pastime and our finest parks and gardens are acclaimed internationally - yet they still have no statutory protection despite their vulnerability to modern pressures to change. Many fine gardens and parks have been lost or irretrievably damaged.

The Gardens Trust Movement is a direct response to this threat. The first Gardens Trust was founded in Sussex in 1980 and Warwickshire Gardens Trust was established in 1991. There are now thirty six county gardens trusts in England

Warwickshire Gardens Trust works within the old boundaries of the traditional county of Warwick. It aims to record and conserve gardens and parks of outstanding quality, and monitor threats to them.

Our aim is to raise public awareness of these gardens and parks, promoting the appreciation of them by lectures, visits and exhibitions.

We provide members with a programme of lectures, visits, seminars and newsletters.

 

Latest News

Avon Navigation The proposal to extend the navigation of the Avon to join the Grand Union Canal at Warwick has raised its head again. The proposal, involving locks, dredging and changes to water levels attracted widespread opposition for many groups of existing river users, Warwickshire Wildlife and neighbouring landowners to the extent that in 2004 Warwickshire County Council resolved not to give it support.

Avon from Leafields Bridge

The Avon in Warwick Castle Park

The scheme would take canal boats under the windows of two Grade I listed buildings (Warwick Castle and Charlecote) and through the middle of their registered parks, as well as affecting the setting of numerous other listed buildings, and making it impossible for Charlecote Mill to continue to operate.

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Wellesbourne allotments Wellesbourne’s only allotments belong the the diocese of Coventry. They now propose to sell the land for housing. the site is not designated for development in Stratford district’s Local Plan. the allotments appear to date from around 1839 and were provided by the vicar of the day on glebe land.
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/11/church-of-england-sell-off-wellesbourne-allotment-warwickshire
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4661164/Diocese-chiefs-plan-sell-176-year-old-allotment.html

Mill Garden, Warwick, (locally listed) overlooking the present weir on the Avon

Wantage. The Edwardian gardens of Wantage, Kenilworth are now on the Historic England register of Historic Parks and gardens at Grade II. We had an article about this site in our Spring 2012 Journal. You can read the Heritage List description here. The description of the house has also been revised to incorporate our research.

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