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Walking Tour of the Gardens of University Park, Nottingham

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Thursday 14th July 2022 at 6pm

Come and join us for a guided walking tour of some of the less known gardens at University Park, Nottingham, led by the Friends of University Park. Learn something of the history of the gardens old and new and enjoy the beautiful views as you walk around the Campus. Gardens to include: Millennium Garden, Highfield House, Lenton Hall, the Firs and the Gertrude Jekyll garden.

A 1.5-2 hour evening stroll, open to all. We’ll meet in the main visitor car park by Hugh Stewart Hall (come in via North Entrance). Parking is free in the evenings.

Friends of University Park was formed in 2004 to encourage the local community to visit University Park and to enjoy its vast gardens and grounds.

Tickets £5.80, available on Eventbrite.

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Elite Landscapes: Beyond the Castle Gate with James Wright

Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 6pm on Zoom

Using contemporary art and poetry alongside documentary sources and archaeology this lecture unpicks the world of high status parks and gardens in the Medieval & Early Modern periods.

Whilst ostensibly providing food for the tables of castles and great houses, parks and gardens also had a highly symbolic and ritual element to play in Mediaeval life. This related to a careful stage-management of the natural world to establish landscapes of lordship projecting status and power over estates.

James Wright, Triskele Heritage, is an award winning buildings archaeologist. He has two decades professional experience of ferreting around in people’s cellars, hunting through their attics and digging up their gardens. He hopes to find meaningful truths about how ordinary and extraordinary folk lived their lives in the mediaeval period.

Tickets £5, available on Eventbrite.

Please note, this event will be live only.

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Behind the Scenes at Clumber Park

Sunday 19th May 2019, 10.30am to 4.00pm

The Lime Room, Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ

Join Nottinghamshire Gardens Trust to enjoy spring at Clumber Park and hear from the National Trust about the progress of ‘Clumber Park Revitalised’, an exciting ten-year project to rejuvenate this much-loved landscape.

The day will include:

A talk from NT staff on Clumber’s history and the current restoration

A behind the scenes tour of the restoration

A guided tour of the walled kitchen garden

Lunch and hot drinks

Tickets £15 per adult, children under 15 free, available on Eventbrite.

Please note that normal National Trust entry charges still apply. See the National Trust website for further information.

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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.