Become a member!

  • Help preserve Kent's garden heritage!
  • Be actively involved in conservation and research projects!
  • Receive regular newsletters!
  • Come along to informative and entertaining events

Go to the membership page to read more and to join the Trust online!.

Scotney Castle

Why not volunteer?

We need volunteers who are interested in gardens, horticulture, social and cultural history, local history or archaeology to get involved and help support our work. See more here .

The Trust would like to enrol more volunteers who are interested in researching gardens and if you would like to join our enthusiastic team helping to understand more about our garden heritage, please contact us .

Go to the Research page for more details.

Volunteers at Marle Place

About Us

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Kent's rich garden heritage reflects many different styles over a period of almost one thousand years. Historic gardens look so different today because styles change. A garden that delights us now was made from a different viewpoint to ours, but the universal language of gardens still speaks to us.

Make a garden, look after a garden, visit them or look into their history - gardens give endless pleasure as they always have.

Gardens are an important part of our national story and for us, our Kent story.

Kent Gardens Trust is the charity that protects Kent's garden heritage by inviting people to explore the wonder of Kent's gardens and promoting, recording and understanding everything that makes them fascinating for us. Join us and find out more about what gardens can mean for you.

We run events throughout the year which are designed to be both enjoyable and educational. Past events have included a tour of The Salutation at Sandwich with commentary by the head gardener, and a talk on Medieval Deer Parks in Kent, followed by a tour of a deer park. See here for this year's diary of events.

About The Trust

Kent Gardens Trust was established in 1988 and is affiliated to the Association of Gardens Trusts. It is a registered charity administered by trustees drawn from a wide spectrum of experience but all having a love of and an interest in gardens and gardening.

Here is a list of the officers and trustees:

Honorary President: Lady Kingsdown
Vice-President: Caroline Hardy OBE
Trustees:
Elizabeth Cairns (Chair) Peter Cobley
Beverley Howarth Tom La Dell
Paul Lewis Geraldine Moon
Judith Norris Lynn Phillips (Treasurer)
Wendy Rogers Hugh Vaux
Andrew Wells  

Our Aims

Our formal objectives as submitted to the Charity Commission are:

  • The advancement of education through the preservation of gardens within the county of Kent and any garden buildings, structures and horticultural or plant collections within such gardens.
  • The improvement of the amenities of the gardens, including the access to and study of them.
  • To facilitate and encourage the use and occupation of gardens in Kent for charitable purposes.
  • To promote education and research in Kent relating to gardens, and disseminating the results of such research.

Achieving Our Aims

We work to protect the gardens of Kent by spreading the story of Kent's gardens, because the more we know about them the more we value them.

Our new website is the first port of call for most people and here you will find:

  • How you can get involved - see here
  • A short account of some of the best examples of Kent's historic gardens
  • A link to reports of our research in Tunbridge Wells district, recording the best gardens, and their life and times, as valuable guides to protecting them. Find the link to the reports on our Research page
  • Our developing work in conserving and looking after gardens
  • Garden visits and talks on gardens and their history - see here

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