The Sussex Gardens Trust was formed in 1995

  • Currently it has over 250 members across Sussex
  • It is one of 35 similar county trusts.
  • Like other garden trusts, SGT is also a member of the national organisation "The Gardens Trust"
  • Our purpose: to explore and record our legacy of gardens and parks.

We are both a Charity (Registered Charity No. 1052734 regulated by the Charity Commission) and a Company limited by guarantee (Registered in England and Wales No. 3149760 - regulated under the Companies Acts).

SGT is governed by its Memorandum & Articles of Association 

Each year at an Annual General Meeting is held to, amongst other things, adopt the accounts for the previous year, and appoint Council Members (see AGM). 


The members of Council elect officers from amongst their members (Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) and meet regularly during the year to conduct business and manage risks. Following the 2015 AGM the members of Council are as follows:

Chairman: Jim Stockwell
Vice Chairman: Vacant
Secretary: Sally Ingram
Treasurer: Marcus Batty

Other Members of Council:
Jennie Starr
Susi Batty
Jennifer Parsons
Colin Chinnery
Gwen Chinnery
Virginia Hinze

Caroline Ikin

Caroline Scaramanga

Other Committees and Roles

Currently the Council has appointed the following people to the roles indicated:

Membership Secretary: Caroline Scaramanga

Newsletter Editor: Susi Batty

Events Secretary (joint): Colin and Gwen Chinnery

Research and Recording Support Group: Chairman: Jennie Starr

Conservation Committee: Joint Chairmen: Roger Dowty and Jim Stockwell

Small Grants Panel: Chairman: Virginia Hinze

Registered Office and other contacts

Registered office: 4 Orchard Close, Ferring, BN12 6QP

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