The Sussex Gardens Trust was formed in 1995

  • Currently it has around 200 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 and 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 2021 AGM the members of Council are as follows:


Chairman: Penny Vasey MBE

Secretary: Julie O'Hara

Treasurer:  Jenny Howard

Other Members of Council:

Marcus Batty

Jim Stockwell

Virginia Hinze

Sally Ingram

Pat Dauncey

Jennie Starr


Other Committees and Roles

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

Membership Secretary: John and Jackie Dorkings

Newsletter Editor: Sally Ingram

Events Programme: Caroline Scaramanga, Susi Batty, Sally Ingram, Ursula Hazeel

Research and Recording Coordinators/Editors: Jennie Starr, Virginia Hinze, Marcus Batty, Susi Batty, Sally Ingram

Conservation Committee: Joint Chairmen: Roger Dowty and Jim Stockwell

Small Grants Panel: Chairman: Virginia Hinze

Mailchimp and Website: Jim Stockwell

Registered Office and other contacts

Registered office: 47 Denmans Lane, Lindfield, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 2JN

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