This site has been designed to provide a wide range of information and links to help SGT members and other visitors learn more about the heritage of Sussex parks and gardens. On this page we provide some links to other resources available for those who want to dig deeper.

  • The Gardens Trust (the GT)  (formed in 2015 through the merger of the Association of Gardens Trusts (AGT) and the Garden History Society(GHS)) is the national "umbrella" organisation that assists the 35 county garden trusts and provides a national voice on key issues. This website contains a wide range of information and is well worth a look click here.
  • Historic England (formerly English Heritage) has a web site with detailed information about Registered parks and gardens
  • Historic England have also published guidance on what sites should be included on the regitser Selection Guide - Rural Landscapes
  • Parks & Gardens UK has detailed information on a wider range of historic sites (registered and non-registered) can be found on their website at Parks & Gardens UK
  • Resource Hub. The Parks and Gardens UK website also hosts a large library of guidance on various topics developed by a small team under the Historic Landscape Project. These can all be found on the Resopurce Hub (the first time you visit you will need to provide your name and which garden trust you are associated with - click this link to find out more Resource Hub



Sources For Researchers

Sussex Gardens Trust has written a guide on research sources with details on specific Sussex sources as well as general national sources. A copy may be downloaded here

In past years SGT and AGT have run joint training courses for people wanting to start researching parks and gardens. The main theme was to help beginners start researching with a view to assisting councils to include a list of the most important local parks and gardens in their local plans.

We hope to organise similar training days in the future and in the meantime here are the training materials presented that day:

Parks & Gardens UK also provide an excellent online training resource - see Overview of Research and Recording Practice and  P&G UK Research and Recording

Digital Maps

The British Library is very fortunate in possessing 351 of the original preliminary drawings made by the surveyors between the 1780s and 1840. These can be accessed via the British Library website - for guidance click here

The website of the National Library of Scotland includes a wide range of OS maps for England and Wales as well as Scotland. These include early editions of OS 25 Inch and 6 inch maps. These accessed, areas selected and chosen viwes printed to a pdf file or extracted and pasted into your own document.

How to Access Maps from the National Library of Scotland Website - for guidance click here


The AGT forum mentioned above has handouts on Responding to planning applications (you will need to register to gain access). 

Education courses

We are often asked about courses on Garden History - advice can be found on the website of The Gardens Trust see Courses