Established in 1992, the Staffordshire Gardens & Parks Trust aims to record all valuable designed landscapes within the ‘old’ boundary of Staffordshire.
The Trust is a member of the The Gardens Trust the umbrella body for all 30 County Gardens Trusts throughout England. We have regular contact with the National Trust and Historic England.
The Trust’s aims are to promote the education of the public on matters connected with the arts and sciences of designed landscapes. To preserve, enhance, create and re-create for the education and enjoyment of the public, any designed landscapes, existing now or in the past, in and around the historic County of Staffordshire. For these purposes the Trust’s remit covers not only the present administrative County of Staffordshire (including the City of Stoke on Trent) but also parts of the Black Country.
The Trust is a charitable organisation run by a Council of Management whose membership over the years has comprised a mix of landowners, landscape architects, garden historians, archaeologists, local authority officers and knowledgeable amateurs.
With over 150 sites to visit, Staffordshire has many fine examples of gardens, parklands and public parks. That reflect a wide range of styles and the changing fashions of past centuries.
Some gardens are nationally famous and secure in the management of the National Trust. Other owners who are aware of their value and are able to maintain them appropriately. There remain many important historic landscapes which are at risk and vulnerable to modern pressures for change. The Trust seeks to encourage owners to conserve and manage these landscapes and to educate the people of Staffordshire to appreciate and value their garden heritage. The Trust provides expert advice on planning consultations affecting historic parks and gardens to local authorities.