Sussex Gardens Trust (SGT) is a charity committed to the protection, conservation, and evolution of garden heritage in Sussex - from the recognised historic locations to the lesser-known, smaller havens of delight hidden within the countryside (there are similar trusts in other counties).

To find out more about us, please enjoy browsing through our website. We are actively seeking new members - if you are interested in joining the Sussex Gardens Trust, have a look at the benefits and download an application form from this page Join SGT

This website has been designed to help promote our objectives and provide information about Sussex gardens and SGT activities. We hope it will provide useful information for:

    • Our members
    • People interested in visiting Sussex gardens
    • People interested in researching and reading about Sussex garden heritage

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'Capability' Brown in Sussex

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was born in 1716 and during his lifetime he changed the face of eighteenth century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, a magical world of green.

Over the past year, SGT volunteers have researched many of the sites in Sussex associated with 'Capability' Brown and the Trust is proud to announce the publication the fruits of their labours in 'Capability' Brown in Sussex, a collection of research papers. Gilly Drummond, Chairman, Capability Brown Festival commented:

I warmly congratulate the Sussex Gardens Trust for their wisdom and foresight in producing ‘A Collection of Research Papers on Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s Work in Sussex and each and every one of the contributors and those who assisted them for the depth, breadth and quality of their research and related images. A huge labour of love on their part which will have added very considerably to our understanding of how Lancelot Brown worked, where, who for and the influence he might have had in one county.   It is a truly magnificent and scholarly contribution by the voluntary sector.

For more information, follow this link 'Capability' Brown

Copies of the publication are available from SGT at a price of £7.50 - to obtain a copy please send a  request message via contact us

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The Gardens Trust

A new national organisation, The Gardens Trust (The GT), was formed in July 2015 through the merger of the Association of Gardens Trusts with The Garden History Society. Along with other County Garden Trusts, Sussex Gardens Trust is a member of  The GT and the two organisations work closely.

The GT has recently launched a new website which includes a wealth of information on a variety of topics including Conservation, Research, Events, Publications and Courses - see The GT website

Details events organised by The GT can be found here The GT Events