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ISLE OF WIGHT GARDENS TRUST


OUR CONSERVATION WORK


Through the Trust’s conservation work we aim to be the impartial friend of our historic parks and gardens so that their conservation, the process of managing change, is properly informed.


ISLE OF WIGHT PARKS AND GARDENS INFORMATION


The IWGT has an inventory of some 350 park and garden sites which has been compiled over the last 25 years. Inventory entries vary from brief notes to detailed descriptions and are updated as we gather new information.


REGISTERED SITES

Nine sites are recognised as being of national importance and are included on the Historic England (formerly English Heritage) Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. The sites are: Appuldurcombe, Norris Castle, Northcourt, Nunwell, Osborne, Swainston, Ventnor Botanic Garden, Westover and Woodlands Vale Estate. All are Registered grade II apart from Osborne which is grade II* and Norris Castle which was upgraded from II to grade I in October 2016. Descriptions of these sites, together with boundary maps, can be found on the Historic England website by clicking here (opens in a new window).  


LOCAL LIST SITES

A further 30+ sites are included on the Isle of Wight Council’s Local List which recognises their important contribution to local distinctiveness and sense of place. Information on the Local List, and the sites included, can be found on the Council’s website by clicking here (opens in a new window).


PARKS & GARDENS UK

This leading on-line resource for historic parks and gardens can be found by clicking here (opens in a new window).  The website includes information on IW Registered sites and IWGT Inventory Entries for Local List sites.


Please contact IWGT for further information on the IWGT site inventory.

HOW TO CONTACT IWGT


Please email us at contact@iowgardenstrust.co.uk


We inform decision making


We promote recognition


We get to know our sites


Historic Parks & Gardens and the Planning System


The English planning system can seem complicated and in a worthy attempt to make things a bit clearer, our national body, The Gardens Trust, have published a new booklet titled The Planning System in England and the Protection of Historic Parks and Gardens.


The booklet is aimed at providing guidance for local Planning Authorities, but may also be useful for anyone who wants to know how the planning system is supposed to operate for historic parks and gardens.


An electronic copy is available here. For a printed copy please contact The Gardens Trust at info@thegardenstrust.org or by phone on 0207 608 2409.  


Norris Castle, East Cowes in 1831 - a grade I registered site

Westover, Calbourne  in 1822 - a grade II registered site

Members carrying out an ‘At Risk’ assessment for IW Council Princes Green, Cowes - a local list site

Garden History Detective

Workshop at Westover in 2016