What the Trust does
Devon Gardens Trust (DGT) is an active charitable company which aims to:
- promote the education of the public on matters connected with the arts and sciences of garden land;
- preserve, enhance and re-create for education and enjoyment of the public whatever garden land may exist in and around the county of Devon. Download the DGT’s governing documents, including our Objects here.
Throughout the country, Historic England (www.historicengland.org.uk) adds gardens of significant historic interest to a Register. Like listed buildings, these then require special care in planning decisions but unlike buildings there is no direct protection in law. In Devon there are 54 parks, gardens and cemeteries registered by Historic England. Download the list here, or you can use the Advanced Search function on the Historic England website.
The Devon Gardens Trust has established a local register to help owners and local authorities to protect less well known examples and to support those who care for them. All the work of the Trust depends on the goodwill of owners and can only be undertaken by invitation.
Members are informed about garden history discoveries and developments at local and national levels. There are group visits to gardens, and social events with expert speakers. Opportunities are given to become involved in recording gardens, parks and trees, conservation and research work, and projects supporting young gardeners – from school children learning about plants and the environment, to supporting horticultural students during their training, to advising new and inexperienced owners of important gardens or garden features.