Go to the membership page to read more and to join the Trust online!.
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
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. We run events throughout the year which are designed to be both enjoyable and educational. Recent events have included a full study day at Chilham Castle devoted to Capability Brown; visits to several notable gardens in Kent including Restoration House in Rochester, Goodnestone, and Canterbury Cathedral Gardens; and visits to other gardens and parks in London and neighbouring counties, including Gravetye Manor and the Olympic Park. See here for this year's diary of events.
Kent Gardens Trust was established in 1988 and is affiliated to the The Gardens Trust. 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|
|Lesley Dawes||Rosemary Dymond|
|Tom La Dell||Sarah Morgan|
|Mike O'Brien||Alison Philip|
|Richard Stileman||Hugh Vaux|
|Andrew Wells||Teresa Zbyszewska|
|Secretary: Pamela Hipkins|
|Treasurer: Lynn Phillips|
Our formal objectives as submitted to the Charity Commission are:
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 website is the first port of call for most people and here you will find: