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.
Change of instructions for 3rd August visit:
Members visiting Compton Castle on August 3rd at 2.30pm please note that, at the request of the owners, the entrance to the grounds will now be by the Windsor Lodge entrance, postcode BA22 7EH and NOT BA22 7EG. For those of you approaching from Sherborne, follow directions as per ticket but go past the front entrance and take a sharp left onto Hockley Lane, then left again onto Old Road. The entrance is on the left and parking in the field opposite. For those approaching from West Coker, follow instructions as per ticket but from New Road turn right onto Old Road. The entrance is on the left.
New Website: The DGT is working on a new and improved website, which we hope to introduce later this summer. It will be on the same web address, so you will not need to change the way you find us. The new website will contain most of the same information, but presented in a new way, and is being designed to work well with both computers and mobile devices. On the changover day, the site will be out of action for a short time whilst the necessary IT changes are made, but you will otherwise receive an uninterrupted service. We hope you will like the look and feel of the new site.