We are a conservation charity working to protect the county's many historic parks and gardens for future generations.
We work with garden owners and local and national bodies to highlight, protect and encourage the conservation and restoration of designed landscapes, ranging from stately homes to public parks, cottage gardens to cemeteries. Principally funded by over 500 members, we run visits, lectures and events where members can share their interest and knowledge in a sociable atmosphere.
Through its research and recording programme, the Trust undertakes and supports research on sites of historic interest, including sites that the Trust has rediscovered, as well as on other related topics. We share knowledge through our Journal and also seek to inspire the gardeners of the future through imaginative projects with schools.
This site aims to provide an information source on gardens and designed landscapes in Dorset as well as describing the activities of the Trust.
New website: This new (11 Aug 15) website has been designed to make it easy to use on mobile devices (tablets and phones) as well as on laptops and PCs. Please let us know if you encounter any problems in using it. The content has been transferred from the old site. Normal site maintenance has not been possible for a while, so it will now take us a short time to get everything completely up to date.
Event: The Autumn Charity Garden Fair at Mapperton will take place on Sunday 20th September. See details here.