Bedfordshire Gardens Trust

Garden Researchers Wanted

Develop your research skills and join the project to investigate and record the historic gardens of Bedfordshire

There are over 100 historic parks and gardens in Bedfordshire, from the rare  survival of early 18th-century formal gardens at Wrest Park to the modern work of Ian Hamilton Finlay in the Improvement Garden at Luton’s Stockwood Discovery Park. By 2003 English Heritage had registered 19 of them, but little is known of many of the others. The Bedfordshire Gardens Trust is currently recruiting garden research volunteers to join a project to find out more about the gardens of Bedfordshire.

Although previous research experience would be a bonus it is not essential. An interest in historic gardens and an enthusiasm to learn more about them is more important.

The Bedfordshire Gardens Trust

The Bedfordshire Gardens Trust was founded in May 2004 to increase awareness and appreciation of the County’s rich legacy of landscapes, parks and gardens. All significant designed landscapes, gardens (large and smaller), cemeteries, public parks and open spaces are of interest to the Trust.

As part of national umbrella organisation The Gardens Trust, Bedfordshire Gardens Trust has an increasing involvement with local planning proposals and with promoting the protection and conservation of historic parks and gardens.

Our aim is to produce a report on each site – its history, its present state and its significance – which can be put on record to help guide planning and conservation decisions. In doing this we want to work with owners, friends organisations and others.   

If you are interested in helping us by becoming a garden research volunteer please contact Jane Millership at

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