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 .

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 .

Volunteers at Marle Place

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

Doddington Place

Conservation projects

Infirmarer's Garden, Maidstone

Our main current project is improving the re-creation of the Infirmarer's Garden at the Archbishop's Palace at Maidstone. This garden was created in the 1990s by the Trust, with support from Maidstone Borough Council and Kent County Council. The design was based on the Infirmarer's Garden at Winchester Castle, with the idea that the planting should reflect as far as possible the type of plants that would have been grown during the medieval period. Inevitably, over the years extraneous plants not relevant to the period have crept in, and these now need to be taken out, and others replaced. Minor structural repairs also need to be carried out. Very few medieval gardens survive, and although the Infirmarer's Garden is a re-creation, and not original to the Palace, we think it important to preserve and maintain the garden. It has educational as well as aesthetic value. We are therefore undertaking this conservation programme, so that the public may enjoy it once more.

Infirmarer's Garden, Maidstone

Planning Applications

Responding to planning applications on sites potentially at risk from ill-thought-out development plans is an important part of our work.

Planning Issues

In 2012 the Garden History Society, an organisation with a statutory right to be consulted on planning applications, announced that, due to lack of resources, it would deal only with sites of national importance. It is now more important than ever that we, as a Trust, are made aware of planning applications that could have a direct impact on landscapes that we value the most. At the Kent Gardens Trust, we are fortunate in having conservation officers who help deal with planning application responses where they come to light, but ill-conceived developments can go ahead without our being informed. We endeavour to work with local authorities to keep us informed of such proposed developments and will continue to do so, but people in the community can greatly assist us in this respect. If you are concerned about a proposed development that may adversely affect a designed park or garden, please contact us.

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