The Garden History Society (GHS) is the oldest society in the world dedicated to the conservation and study of historic designed gardens and landscapes. Through our interventions, advice and casework we have helped save or conserve scores of important gardens since we were founded by a small but dedicated band of garden-lovers in 1965, though it didn’t get fully established until the following year.

With just 1500 members we are small in number, but as the only charity in the heritage ‘sector’ to have been granted a statutory role by government—our conservation team now assesses all planning applications related to registered gardens and landscapes in England—we have a big influence.

We institute campaigns and lobby government at all levels on issues relating to historic gardens. We have an active membership and an exciting programme of events—including numerous foreign trips—and also publish the twice-yearly Garden History, the foremost international journal on the subject.

We are, however, completely dependent on membership for our continued existence as a charity. If the GHS did not exist, historic gardens and landscapes would be left unprotected, and there would be no focus for international research and scholarship. So if you love historic gardens, please consider joining us today (full membership is just £35 per year) and help make a real difference to our natural and historical environment.

The main aims of the Society are:

Bullet To promote the study of the history of gardening, landscape gardening and horticulture in all its aspects
Bullet To promote the protection and conservation of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes, and to advise on their restoration
Bullet To encourage the creation of new parks, gardens and designed landscapes

The Society is widely recognised for its expertise and advice. Its professionally qualified conservation officers are consulted by Government agencies, local authorities and others on a wide range of issues affecting historic parks and gardens, especially those listed in the English and Welsh Registers, and in the Scottish Inventory.

The Society is a registered charity that works through an elected Council and committees. Its employees work from small offices in London and Edinburgh.

Bullet Find out about our publications
Bullet What are the benefits of membership?
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