About Hertfordshire Gardens Trust

Since 1991, the Hertfordshire Gardens Trust has been actively involved in researching historic landscapes in Hertfordshire and protecting them for future generations to enjoy.

This research work is undertaken by volunteers with expert input. The result has been a substantial body of reports which are available to the public at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies at County Hall.  A number of books and articles in Garden History publications have reached a wider audience of local and garden historians.

This research work underpins conservation. In high profile landscapes such as Panshanger Park, it has helped preserve elements of the Repton landscape. A resource is being built for Local Authority planners, and early intervention made on planning applications which affect historic sites helps conserve their significance.

There is a varied programme of events for members which include visits to gardens not usually open to the public. Regular newsletters keep everyone informed. Please explore this website and find out more.

The Trust’s new Constitution, adopted on July 16, 2013, is available as a downloadable file.


HGT Committee


President The Countess of Verulam
Vice President Christopher Melluish
Chair Sue Flood
Honorary Treasurer Sue Wilson
Honorary Secretary Lynn Taylor
Conservation team Co-ordinator Kate Harwood
Events Co-ordinator Liz Carlin
Membership Secretary Sue Davidson

HGT Patrons and Supporters


Trust Patrons Trust Supporters
Sir Simon Bowes Lyon KCVO David and Mary Laing
The Lord Cobbold Benington Lordshop
The Rt Hon Sir Murray Stuart-Smith Joseph Rochford Nurseries
Mr Aubrey Barker The Knebworth Conservation and Education Trust
Mr Philip Harkness
Mr Tom Stuart-Smith


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