Conservation Projects

The Trust's conservation officer and conservation committee can offer advice to owners and managers of designed landscapes. They draw on the wealth of information held in the Trust's archive, the knowledge and expertise of members and others. The Trust offers Conservation Grants for projects in important designed landscapes in Devon and occasionally practical help.

For further information on Conservation Grants click here.

Recent grants include:

  • Friends of Devonport Park for the planting of a fruiting arboretum
  • Tracey Estate for the restoration of the Victorian pond and fountain
  • Farms for City Children for the restoration of the Victorian walled kitchen garden at Nethercott House, Iddesleigh. This was a grant that also supported DGT's educational objectives.

Practical support has included:

  • tree planting at Langdon Court
  • planting new spaces on the Cathedral Green in Exeter
  • planting trees at Homeyards Botanical Gardens, Shaldon
  • supporting the gardener and team on the restoration of the Victorian walled kitchen garden at Farms for City Children's Nethercott House, Iddesleigh

We work with other organizations in the county like Devon Historic Buildings Trust, Exeter Civic Society and Devon History Society. We worked with the Devon Historic Buildings Trust to restore a pavilion at RHS Rosemoor and helped the Exeter Historic Buildings Trust with a new garden at 21 The Mint. We also work with local authorities, for example with Torbay Borough Council on the recreation of the Lutyen's garden at the Drum Inn, Cockington and the Rock Walk in Torbay. The Trust was instrumental in the establishment of the Exeter Dissenters' Graveyard Trust and has supported the restoration of the 18th century dissenters' graveyard located on Magdalen Street in Exeter.

The Conservation Committee would welcome comments, enquiries or suggestions about any of the county's historic gardens,  particularly if they are under threat in any way.