Walking Tour of Newstead Abbey Gardens

Saturday, May 13th, 2017 – 1.45pm to 3.00pm

Newstead Abbey Country Park, Newstead Village NG15 9HJ

Join Nottinghamshire Gardens Trust for a guided walking tour of the historic formal gardens of Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Notts, with local historian Philip Jones.

The tour is free for members of Nottinghamshire Gardens Trust and £2 for non-members (children under 15 are free). Please note that normal parking charges at Newstead Abbey apply and the cost is £6 per car. Places are limited so please book soon. Please email for further details or to book a place.



Moving Heaven and Earth: Celebrating 300 Years of Capability Brown with Steffie Shields

Sunday, November 13th, 2016 – 1pm

Discovery Centre, Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ

Join the Nottinghamshire Gardens Trust and the Landscape Institute East Midlands in celebrating 300 years of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with a talk by photographer and author Steffie Shields.

Her book Moving Heaven and Earth: Capability Brown’s Gift of Landscape, published earlier this year, explores both Brown’s artistic legacy and his pioneering work with water in the landscape. The book evaluates the rise of the English landscape garden in the climatic context of his designs and also forms a comprehensive guide for tours and visits.

The talk is free but space is limited. To book a place please email us at

Please note normal National Trust car parking charges at Clumber Park apply (£7 per vehicle). 

Sowing Seeds and Follow the Water at Rufford

Saturday, June 11th, 2016 – 11am to 4pm

Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton NG22 9DF.

Rufford Abbey has a fascinating landscape stretching from the physic gardens and fishponds of the monks through the C17th and C18th grand landscape design projects of the Saviles to the Rose, Water and Japanese gardens of the C19th.  Nottinghamshire Gardens Trust will be on hand at Rufford Abbey to guide tours and run activities for children from 11.00 til 4.00pm.  There will be an opportunity for children to plant seeds in a decorated plant pot and a self-guided garden trail.

Free for NGT members, small charge for activities for non-members, car park charges apply.