One of the Cornwall Garden Trust’s main aims is to research and record the county’s parks and gardens of significance. To date, we have recorded almost 80 across the county. Records are lodged with the County Record Office in Truro. Where the owners consent, we are also adding details of these surveys to the National Parks and Gardens database.

There are 35 Cornish gardens of national importance listed on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England compiled by Historic England. Please note that registered sites are NOT open to the public unless advertised elsewhere as being so.

We are always keen to welcome new members to the Recorders’ group, with or without previous experience. You could be involved in research at the County Records Office, walking a garden and taking note of its plants, or helping record the details of its hard landscaping. We’re also on the look out for photographers, especially if you have some architectural knowledge.

If you join the team of recorders, you can:

  • learn new skills
  • meet new people with similar interests
  • enjoy the satisfaction of finding information on parks and gardens
  • share the research by making it available to the wider public
  • attend study days and visits that will allow you to gain insight into the development of parks and gardens

There is complete flexibility as to the amount of time that a volunteer gives. We understand the demands of work, family and other commitments and only ask volunteers to contribute as much as they feel they are able to do.

You can read a selection of reports from the recorders using the links on the right.  As the reports show, working as a recorder for the Trust is an unpredictable business but a fascinating and enjoyable one too.  Each new garden that comes up to be surveyed has its own particular challenges and compensations. And there’s always the satisfaction of knowing that we’re working to help protect the county’s gardens for the future.

To find out more, please contact