Brocket Hall

Tring Park

Repton plan

Our Principal Objectives:

  • Researching the county’s historic parks and gardens to build comprehensive records for use at a county and national level
  • Educating for the future by running garden history courses, study days and encouraging school gardening projects
  • Providing guidance for Local Authorities, owners and managers to help protect and conserve our designed historic landscape and support the garden heritage work of The Gardens Trust
  • Organising a programme of events, lectures and garden visits for our members and their friends

Latest News

Roger Gedye

Roger Gedye, who died on 26 November 2019, will be much missed, not least by Hertfordshire Gardens Trust for whom he was an energetic and engaged chairman.  Many HGT members attended the funeral in the Harwood Crematorium, the service at St Helen’s church and the reception later and were just a few of the many who came, from all walks of life. HGT was one of many interests in Roger’s life.  He and his wife Mo moved to a cottage in Hertfordshire on retirement and created a wonderful garden kept...

New book: Structure and Landscape

William Wilkins and Humphry Repton at Haileybury 1806‐1810 edited by Toby Parker and Kate Harwood The Study Day organised by HGT at Haileybury in 2015 presented new information about the construction of the East India College and its Landscape. These Proceedings of that Study Day, with some additional papers, provide new insights to both the buildings and Repton’s landscape and his considerable involvement in the site as well as the importance of the College as innovative in concept, design...

The State of our 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: Uncertain Prospects: Public parks in the new age of austerity

Gobions Wood

The Research Group has undertaken surveys of Gobions Wood at Brookmans Park. Within this lovely wood lie the earthwork remains of a famous eighteenth-century garden designed by Charles Bridgeman for Jeremy Sambrooke and laid out in the 1720s. Visited by many notable people, including Queen Caroline, the garden was one of Bridgeman’s most significant designs, and was considered by Horace Walpole to represent an important stage in the development of the ‘landscape’ style. Exciting new evidence...

Bridgeman rond-point restored in Tring Park

On 9 April 2014 the research team and guests enjoyed a great afternoon at Tring Park at the invitation of the Woodland Trust to celebrate the restoration of the Charles Bridgeman rond-point – ceremonially completed by the planting of the final tree by Lady Verulam. A lovely pair of spotted ponies pulling a small carriage was laid on for the VIPs: the HGT President, the HGT Chairman and the Mayor of Tring.


Learning about garden history and how we can help with school gardening

Research & Conservation

Working to record and protect Hertfordshire’s designed landscape from the medieval to the modern


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