Garden conservation

It takes more than just gardening to care for some of the UK's most important gardens. Behind the scenes our experts provide the specialist conservation skills needed for the long-term future of these special places

Trees reflect in the lakes at Sheffield Park Sussex
Aerial view of Westbury Court Garden, Gloucestershire

Duck islands return to Westbury Court after 300 years 

For the last fifty years, gardeners at Westbury Court have been reviving the UK's last remaining Dutch-style water garden from dereliction. The latest project sees the return of duck islands to the canal, offering a safe haven for nesting waterfowl.

Gardeners abseiling down the walls at St Michael's Mount, Cornwall

Heroic gardening feats 

From abseiling gardeners to horse-powered pond dredging, discover some of the unusual gardening techniques needed to keep your favourite historic gardens looking picture-perfect all year round.

Kitty Lloyd Jones

Great women gardeners 

From wealthy socialites to horticultural pioneers, journey through the gardens of time and discover seven of history's most inspirational women gardeners.

A portrait of Humphry Repton

Humphry Repton: the first landscape gardener 

Repton, the original landscape gardener, brought his unique design style to the gardens and parks at more than 20 of our places. As a skilled water colour painter, each commission was accompanied by one of his ingenious 'red books' to illustrate his proposal.

For garden lovers...

Thank you

We couldn't do it without you

Thanks to you, we're able to protect our glorious gardens for ever, for everyone