About Avon Gardens Trust

Avon Gardens Trust is a registered charity created in 1987 with the aim of increasing public awareness of the immense value of parks and gardens and other designed landscapes as part of our local and national inheritance.

The Trust assists with the conservation of these historic landscapes:

  • by researching and recording their origins;
  • by documenting the work of garden designers, gardeners, plantsmen and owners;
  • by commenting on planning applications;
  • by awarding conservation grants.

By becoming a member you can help support this work and enjoy activities and information provided by the Trust.

Members and friends gather to celebrate our 25th anniversary at Goldney House in 2012 (photo: Pip Meddleton)

Aims of the Trust

Avon Gardens Trust is dedicated to conservation and promoting awareness of Avon’s historic designed landscapes.

The Trust is financed through members’ subscriptions and from fund raising events. We aim:

  • to encourage a greater understanding of the historic parks and gardens of the area through research and garden visits;
  • to protect historic parks and gardens from inappropriate planning applications;
  • to encourage greater links with primary schools by offering grants to develop school gardens;
  • to promote links with local community groups by offering grants;
  • to assist financially with restoration projects;
  • to organises talks and lectures on a wide range of garden related subjects;
  • to publish three Newsletters a year to keep members informed of the latest news and forthcoming events;
  • to publish an illustrated academic Journal with articles that add to the understanding and enjoyment of parks and gardens.

Charitable Status

Avon Gardens Trust is both a Charity (Registered Charity No. 900377 regulated by the Charity Commission) and a Company limited by guarantee (Registered in England and Wales No. 2357099 - regulated under the Companies Acts).

Avon Gardens Trust is governed by its Memorandum of Association (pdf) and Articles of Association (pdf).

At the Annual General Meeting, the accounts for the previous year are adopted and Council members are elected by members.

Avon Gardens Trust is one of 36 county gardens trusts and all are members of the The Gardens Trust.


The Council of Management meets about four times a year with additional meetings being held when necessary.

The elected members of Council are as follows:

  • Chairman: Ros Delany
  • Vice Chairman: Wendy Pollard
  • Treasurer: Alan Kempton
  • Membership Secretary: June Shannon
  • Editor: Position Vacant

Other Members of Council:

  • Gillian Clarke
  • Anne Hills
  • Peter Hills
  • Peter Shannon
  • Wendy Tippett

The Council decides policy, sets the budget and oversees the appointment of officers and sub-committee chairmen as required. All sub-committees report to and are accountable to the Council. A number of specialists are available to advise the Council on technical matters.

The various voluntary officers of the Trust have roles that report back to the Council of Management.

The Planning Sub-Committee meets as required. Comprising five Trust members, the Chairman of this committee is a member of the Council. It is augmented by others as required.

The role of the sub-committee is to consider and respond to those planning applications that could be detrimental to the historic landscape and to ensure that the overall conservation policy that has been agreed by the Council is implemented.

The Recording Working Group researches, records and updates all registered and unregistered sites across Avon. It meets as required and reports to the main committee.