Use Places & People to search over 6,600 parks and gardens in the UK and 2,100 biographies of people associated with them. Image location: Bedgebury National Pinetum

Learn about the rich heritage of parks and gardens in Topics.
Image location: Powis Castle

Follow News & Events, updated regularly with the latest information affecting historic parks and gardens. Image location: Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Visit the Schools for ideas and activities to encourage the interest of children and young people in their local parks. Image location: Trentham

Join us as a volunteer and Research & Record historic parks and gardens in your area.
Image location: Cirencester Abbey

View the Illustrated Glossary which provides definitions and accompanying images for terms and concepts associated with historic parks and gardens. Image location: Pannett Park

About us

Parks & Gardens UK is managed by the charity Parks and Gardens Data Services (PGDS). The development of this web resource was made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and over 22,000 volunteer hours of contributions in-kind.

Historic parks, gardens and open green spaces are an important part of Britain’s heritage. Through the provision of the Parks & Gardens UK web resource, our aim is to encourage discovery, exploration and enjoyment of these special places. We believe our website has already promoted widespread interest in historic parks and gardens, their design, evolution and horticultural content and will continue to do so.

We are proud to have such dedication and support from our active network of volunteers and individual researchers. New information for our database records continues to flow in every week. In addition to our board of Trustees, we have a small professional management team in place to provide training and mentoring for volunteers, oversee uploading, accuracy and presentation of information received, and to ensure smooth day-to-day running of Parks & Gardens UK.

Parks & Gardens UK Development Plan 2013-2017

Parks & Gardens UK- an overview of the project 

History of the Parks & Gardens UK project

Meet the Trustees

Dr Barbara Simms, Chair
Daniel Glass
Dr Clare Hickman
Dr David Marsh
Robert Peel
Anthony Pugh-Thomas
Dr Jean Reader
Sally Walker

Project Administration

Lynn Phillips, Company Secretary
Rachael Stamper, Project Manager
Maria Beck, Data Entry Officer

Social Media Ambassadors

Martha Cattell
Liz Ware

Grants, donations and support

The Trustees are active in applying for support from charitable trusts and other grant-making bodies as continual funding is required to keep this web resource alive and current. We would like to acknowledge our gratitude to the following for their encouragement and funding support:

The Association of Gardens Trusts

The Bulldog Trust

English Heritage

The Finnis Scott Foundation

The Heritage Lottery Fund

Marc Fitch Fund 

The Mercers' Company

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust 

The Tanner Trust

University of York

Gifts from users, regular or one-off, large or small, would certainly help as well. Every little bit counts. All donations received will be put toward the running costs of managing and maintaining this valuable web resource, and will help ensure new records are added on a regular basis. If you would like to make a donation, please click on the Make a Donation button in the top right corner of any page or visit our online donations page.