NGS Virtual Gardens Tours
18 December 2020

During the lockdown of 2020 NGS' ever resourceful garden owners created films of their gardens so they could keep the garden gates open online. Below you will find over 180 gardens to visit virtually, which NGS will continue to add to so that whatever the time of year you can go on a virtual garden visit.

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Historic England's Latest Heritage at Risk Register 14 November 2020

People regularly say how much the historic character of where they live, work and play contributes to their lives.  Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register tells communities about the condition of registered parks and gardens in their local neighbourhood. It aims to encourage people to become actively involved in looking after what is precious to them and reassures them that any public funding goes to the most needy and urgent cases.


The Register is updated regularly and the latest version of it has six parks and gardens in Berkshire:

  1. Aldermaston Court - Grade II

  2. Broadmoor Hospital -  Grade II

  3. Bearwood College - Grade II*

  4. Newbold College Grade II*

  5. Shaw House - Grade II

  6. Sandleford Priory - Grade II


The Register also includes some of the listed gate piers at Hamstead Marshall (Grade II) – see our separate article about this significant historical landscape.  


See the entire Heritage at Risk Register by clicking here -


Please contact BGT with your thoughts on how we can help to conserve and enhance these important places.

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Newbold College

Historic England

Historic England has recently announced 24 new protections by Historic England have been the result of a three-year collaboration with The Gardens Trust, and thanks to suggestions from landscape professionals and members of the public, some of the best examples of landscapes designed between the end of the Second World War and the early 1990s have been identified for protection. Although none are in Berkshire, it is great to see Runnymede on our borders added as Grade II, and nearby St Catherine's College, Oxford upgraded to Grade I. 


To see the full list see link below:

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The Gardens Trust

With many organisations having to cancel/postpone garden visits/events due to CoViD-19, the Gardens Trust is running a number of virtual events online. Full Details can be found by clicking on the link...

Watlington House

As part of the National Garden Scheme, to assist the NGS fundraising for Nursing Charities, the Trustees of Watlington House were due to open the garden in July 2020 for the first time since its restoration was completed in summer 2015. The Berkshire Gardens Trust played an important role in the redesign. It would have been the only garden within a 3 mile radius of central Reading to open for the NGS during the whole of 2020. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 this has been postponed to 2021.


Encouraged by Alan Tichmarsh and Mary Berry, the Trustees decided to commission a virtual tour of the garden which is now available on the NGS website.  

Click to view the virtual tour...

Caversham Court
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The Caversham Court estate in Caversham and on the banks of the River Thames, dates from the 12th century when land from Caversham Manor was gifted to the monks of Notley Abbey for the building of a church and rectory.  This garden contains a number of fine specimen trees. 

The most notable of these are the limes, a black mulberry, the yews, a Japanese pagoda tree, the veteran copper beech, a Bhutan pine, and many others.  A wonderful walk through the trees at Caversham Court has been produced by the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens.

We can all help to look after these trees.

The survival of these trees, even in a protected environment such as Caversham Court, a Grade II Registered Historic Park and Garden in Reading, cannot be guaranteed. The Bhutan pine (probably planted in the mid 19th century) is a case in point. 


To read more about the Friends of Caversham Court Garden's work to protect these trees, click...