About Us

The Cornwall Gardens Trust, first formed in 1988, works to raise awareness of this county’s garden heritage and to conserve and foster it for the benefit of present and future generations.

Cornwall Gardens Trust – Postponement of AGM on Friday 15th May until Friday 14th August 2020, due to Covid-19. Other Garden visits for 2020 postponed until 2021.

It is with regret that I have to inform you of the decision to postpone the AGM that was planned for the 15th May at Lanhydrock, until 2pm Friday 14th August 2020. At present the Council has not confirmed whether this will take place as a virtual meeting or at a location to be decided.

As you will understand, the decision has been made in the light of the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak across the UK. We are currently in lockdown until 10th May, but it is unlikely that gatherings and events such as the AGM and other garden visits, will be permitted or advisable even in June or July.

In the best interests of the health and safety of our members, but with a heavy heart, we have also decided to postpone all the remaining garden visits for 2020, namely Lanhydrock, Double Primroses, Lethytep, Place, Marsh Villa, Hidden Valley Garden and Bosvigo.  We will re-organise them and maybe more! for 2021.

Any cheques received to date will be either returned or discarded safely. Please let us know what you would prefer.

We wish you all well and stay safe

Best wishes

Pen Polglase
Cornwall Gardens Trust

More than 220 members support our aims to encourage appropriate garden restoration and conservation, the creation of new gardens, and our encouragement of primary and secondary schools and young people to participate in the care and enjoyment of designed landscapes.

There is also an annual programme of garden visits, regular Newsletters, and an annual Journal to enjoy.

Our garden heritage is unique and precious – and we need to save it from inappropriate development and neglect. We seek to encourage continuing public awareness and appreciation of garden land.

By agreement with the owners, Cornwall Gardens Trust researches and records gardens of interest for an archival county record. We organise a varied programme of events and visits, and are also involved in education projects.

Becoming a member enables you to show your support for our important work and offers opportunities to meet others through the events and social programmes. Cornwall Gardens Trust is a founder member of The Association of Gardens Trusts, which links over 6000 Gardens Trust members throughout the country.

You will find details about all the Trust’s activities on this site but, for any more general information, please contact our Secretary by email to cgtsecretary@gmail.com.

Membership application form

New Members Welcome Letter

CGT Garden Visits Booking form 2020

Gardens Trust Special Membership Rate

We are delighted that members of Cornwall Gardens Trust can now join the national Gardens Trust for a reduced rate of £25, reduced from their normal rates of £35 single and £43 joint – see thegardenstrust.org/support-us/

The Gardens Trust is the only national charity dedicated to the conservation of designed landscapes, parks and gardens in England and Wales and to researching their history and campaigning on their behalf. The national Gardens Trust unites all of us interested in historic parks and gardens, so that we can speak more powerfully together than with our local voices alone. Our conservation work carries more weight thanks our affiliation with the national Gardens Trust, who are a statutory consultee, therefore with a legal role in the planning process, and we benefit hugely from the support they offer in helping Cornwall Gardens Trust in our own conservation and volunteer efforts.

When you join the Gardens Trust you will get several benefits for yourself, including the GT News magazine; the twice-yearly journal Garden History; the e-news if you wish to receive it; and reduced price offers for events. You may wish to attend their AGM weekend conference, garden visits, lectures, or conferences. 

The support of individual members is crucial to ensuring that the Gardens Trust can continue their charitable work. Without it, they will no longer be able to continue their unique endeavours conserving and championing our designed landscapes, parks and gardens, nor support the work of the Cornwall Gardens Trust.

We do hope you will consider joining via ghs.lpl-uk.com/application.php