About Us

CGT Launch, Arley Hall, 2004
National Trust
Cheshire Gardens Trust is affiliated to The Gardens Trust, the primary body concerned with the preservation and enhancement of the country’s outstanding gardens and landscapes. We are a charitable volunteer organisation and part of the national network of local County Gardens Trusts including the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust. Scotland has its own organisation: Scotland’s Garden and Landscape Heritage.

The Aims of Cheshire Gardens Trust

  • to spread understanding of parks and gardens and to help others appreciate their purpose and history

  • to encourage the making of new parks and gardens and to safeguard the ones that we have

  • to encourage local communities to appreciate and care for the parks and gardens in their area

  • to find out and record the history of parks and gardens in Cheshire


Patron: The Viscount Ashbrook of Arley Hall

Cheshire Gardens Trust has a Chaired Council of Management with overall responsibility for ensuring that the Trust is run effectively and efficiently. All members are welcome to attend these meetings. See our Calendar for meeting dates.

The working groups for Events, Research & Recording, Conservation & Planning and Communications all report to the Council of Management. The Treasurer reports four times a year on income and expenditure. Each year fresh ideas and a budget for the coming year are presented to the Membership at the AGM. We welcome all members to join in these activities. Experience is unnecessary, just an interest and willingness to assist. Contact Us

The Trust's latest Report & Financial Statement and the Draft Minutes of our 18th AGM are available to download for your information.


We welcome new members to Join Us to enjoy seasonal visits and winter lectures on landscape related subjects. All events are open to members and their guests and are generally held in different places around the county on different days of the week to accommodate people with busy schedules. You may also wish to become actively involved in research, conservation and education activities.
Membership benefits also include a quarterly Newsletter.

Do take a look at our Visits, Walks and Talks in the Events tab for a flavour of our activities.


A key strategic imperative for Cheshire Gardens Trust is the expansion of our role in education. In 2018, we established an annual travel bursary scheme in conjunction with Ness Gardens (part of Liverpool University) to provide support to students which could be expanded to include other higher education colleges. The photograph shows teacher Emma Rhodes, winner of the 2019 bursary, during her research visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

We plan to set up collaborative endeavours with appropriate Cheshire based schools as a future initiative.
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