Garden History Society

The Garden History Society was an organisation in the United Kingdom established to study garden history and to protect historic gardens. Since 2015 it became part of The Gardens Trust, having merged with the Association of Gardens Trusts.[1]

It was founded in 1966, and was a registered charity[2] with headquarters in London. Membership was around 1,500 prior to its merger in 2015.

Presidents included Mavis Batey and Sir Roy Strong. The final Chairman was landscape architect Dominic Cole.[3]

The Society published a quarterly journal, Garden History since 1970. As of 2013 the editor was Dr Barbara Simms.[4]

Statutory role

Since 1995, the Garden History Society was a statutory consultee in relation to planning proposals which affect historic designed landscapes identified by English Heritage as being of national significance, and which are included on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. Thus when a planning authority received a planning application which affected a site on the Register, or the setting of such a site, the planning authority had to consult the Society.[5]

See also


  1. The Gardens Trust
  2. Charity Commission. Garden History Society, registered charity no. 1053446.
  3. "Garden History Officers". Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  4. "Our Journal". Garden History. Garden History Society. ISSN 0307-1243. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  5. "Statutory consultations". Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
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