About the Oxfordshire Gardens Trust

The Oxfordshire Gardens Trust (OGT) is a thriving society, established in 2002, to promote the understanding, enjoyment and protection of Oxfordshire’s parks and gardens.

What we do

  • Organise visits to parks and gardens, the majority of which are not normally open to the public, in the spring and summer months.
  • Host evening lectures by speakers who are experts in their field in the autumn and winter months. These are normally held at Kellogg College, 62 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN
  • Carry out research and recording on historic parks and gardens.
  • Monitor and comment on planning applications affecting Oxfordshire parks, gardens and landscapes. More information is available on our Planning page
  • Publish a twice-yearly newsletter. Copies of previous newsletters are available via our Membership page

How the OGT can help

The OGT can offer advice to schools, community and volunteer groups in managing or creating gardens and landscape features. For example, the Trust can put owners in touch with experts on specific aspects of landscape analysis, conservation or management. In some cases modest financial contributions can be made to encourage others to build up the necessary funds.

All of our events offer a chance to meet other members in a convivial atmosphere, and we offer a glass of wine at all our lectures.

We have started to develop a county-wide inventory of all sites of historic interest and to make this available on the Parks and Gardens pages of this website.

We plan to extend our activities to working with schools, publishing research and encouraging restoration projects. We also hope to offer advice and guidance to owners on the issues and challenges facing them.


Lady Camoys

Charles and Angela Cottrell-Dormer

Professor Liam Dolan

Lord and Lady Saye and Sele

Sarah and Bernard Taylor


Vanessa Fell (Membership)

Jane Carlton Smith (Secretary)

Will Holborow (Treasurer)

Sally Stradling (Events)

Stephen Wass