Formation of The Gardens Trust

4th August 2015

The main aims of the merger of the GHS and AGT are:

-  To speak with a more powerful voice for the protection of parks, gardens and historic landscape;

-  To play a key garden conservation role in the planning system as a statutory consultee;

-  To provide support to strengthen the local activity of the County and Country Garden Trusts;

-  To be an internationally regarded centre of excellence in the study of garden history;

-  To live within the means of the merged organisation and be financially sustainable over the long term. 

The first AGM of the Gardens Trust elected a slate of 12 members of the Board, and a new chairman, Dr. James Bartos, and a new Vice chairman, Michael Dawson, were elected by the Board.  Dominic Cole OBE, formerly chairman of the GHS, was elected President.  Five sub-committees were established to reflect the areas of activity and interest of the new organisation covering conservation, events, publications, membership and administration and finance. 

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