Bushey Rose Garden
Sopwell Nunnery
Brocket Hall Golf Course

Conserving Our Landscape Heritage

PANSHANGER PARK needs YOU! - Stop Tarmac Destroying Repton's Broadwater. Please Act Now. For information on this important issue download full explanation with illustrations Here. See also "Friends of Panshanger" website Friends.The annual AGT Volunteer of the Year Award celebrates the efforts of local people who have contributed to the work of their County Gardens Trust and thereby greatly adding to their county's enjoyment, learning and conservation of designed gardens, parks and landscapes.

The State of our Public Parks. A report commissioned by The Gardens Trust written by Katy Layton-Jones with the assistance of others including Kate Harwood of HGT. Please download a copy Here.

The AGT Volunteer of the Year Award 2015 has been kindly judged by Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum at Lambeth, London.
The winner of the Volunteer of the Year Award, 2015 was announced at the AGT AGM during the combined AGT & GHS Annual Conference Weekend, 23-26 July 2015, hosted by Northumbria Gardens Trust at the University of Newcastle.  The winner was
Kate Harwood of the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust - Download the Press Release here.

The Trust Conservation Team is recognised as being able to give informed advice on the county’s historic designed landscapes to Local Authorities, environmental organisations, owners and developers. We are also acknowledged by both English Heritage and The Garden History Society (the Government’s Statutory Consultee) as their first point of contact in the county for historic designed landscapes.

Our professionally trained Conservation Team monitors and comments on planning applications for both Registered and Local sites and advises on Local Development Framework documents - in time these will replace Local Plans. Advice is given to owners and developers, on request, prior to submission of their planning applications and Local Authorities consult the Team on repair and restoration of historic parks and gardens in their ownership.

Local Lists of Historic Gardens: This is a project building on the work of HGT's Research Group where the Conservation Team is producing a set of gazetteers covering each of the ten local authority areas in Hertfordshire, identifying the significance of all unregistered sites and adding in to each the appropriate planning dimension. The Local Lists are of value to all planning officers and of interest to many members of the public and to date we have completed volumes for St Albans, Broxbourne and Dacorum with Welwyn-Hatfield now underway.

Conservation Seminars: The HGT together with The Garden History Society ran a Study Day on Geoffrey Jellicoe and the Water Gardens in Hemel in April 2011. This has resulted in recognition that the gardens are badly in need of restoration. This has been recognised by Dacorum Borough Council who have backed the submission of a Stage 1 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are now working with Dacorum BC to promote this.

Please go to the Research page to see exciting news about Tring Park.

Our previous major seminar focused on Golf in Historic Landscapes and was held in partnership with English Heritage and the Association of Gardens Trusts when views and opinions expressed at the seminar were subsequently included in English Heritage's Guidance on Golf in Historic Parks and Gardens.

Art Competition at Bushey Rose Garden: As part of the centenary celebrations for the Bushey Rose Garden, HGT have sponsored an art competition for local primary schools. The entries could be in any medium and the subjects were either the garden itself, or the designer Thomas Mawson, or the owner Sir Hubert von Herkomer. Judging took place on 29th October 2013 and after much debate an overall winner was chosen as well as winners and runners-up from each school. The HGT Awards for the eight winning entries and the garden tokens to St Hilda's and Hartsbourne Schools were presented by HGT Chairman, Bella Stuart-Smith, at the Rose Garden on December 15th. The HGT was congratulated by the Deputy Mayor of Hertsmere for all the hard work it had done over the past 20 years to conserve historic gardens in Hertfordshire.


1. The Judges: L to R  Fiona Leadley (Landscape and Design Officer, Hertsmere Borough Council), Ami Cowley (BRG gardener), Lynne Hodgson (Chairman of Friends of BRG), the Countess of Verulam (HGT President).

2. Winning Artwork.

The judges Winning artwork

3. Two winning entries. Hartsbourne School (left) and St Hilda's School (right).

Hartsbourne St Hildas

Email us at conservation@hertsgardenstrust.org.uk