Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust’s mission is to record and conserve the gardens and parks of historic Buckinghamshire and to aid in the creation and restoration of gardens, parks and green spaces in the historic county.
Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust (Bucks GT) was founded by volunteers in 1997 to provide a voice for the outstanding legacy of parks, gardens and other designed landscapes in the historic county, from the recognised historic locations to the lesser-known, smaller, gems hidden within the countryside.
As pressures on land continue or with changes of ownership, there is a danger that some of these special sites may fall into decline or even disappear. Our purpose is to help preserve garden heritage, through ensuring that as many sites as possible are properly researched and recorded. These reports are then published in the public domain, as well as playing a key role in increasing awareness, knowledge and enjoyment of Buckinghamshire’s gardens, parks and designed landscapes.
Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust relies on volunteers and we are always looking for more. Areas you might be interested volunteering for include: research and recording; marketing and publicity; outreach projects including practical gardening; fundraising; assisting at Trust events; publicity to raise our profile; administration, with computer skills; responding to planning applications; event photography … or other skills a charity would find invaluable.
Go to Join Us page and find out more.
The training sessions for Research and Recording volunteers introduce you to a wide variety of historic maps; these are compared with modern maps and aerial photographs.
Combined with walks around the existing landscape these encourage you to look at things in a new way. It is fascinating working out what still remains and the history of elements that you might otherwise have ignored.
I am really enjoying being part of the Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust’s Research and Recording Project.
As a newcomer to garden history I have benefited in so many ways, and thanks to the excellent training sessions I am developing new skills.
We have been given a great deal of support, while working to a carefully structured outline, so giving the final reports a consistent format.
I am proud to be a part of such an important project which is providing a vital resource to planners and helping to protect our historic gardens from unsympathetic development.