Research Group at work in the library

Meeting regularly to discuss, plan and execute project work, in the field or in the Record Office, this welcoming group provides opportunities throughout the year for learning, sharing, site visiting and documenting results from a variety of heritage landscape projects in Cambridgeshire.
Extensive research by Trust members is now listed on the Parks and Gardens register, a national database that is accessible to all through the internet.
Other research is published in CGT Newsletters and occasional books.

If you would like to contribute to the wealth of research that we hold on Cambridgeshire gardens or would just like advice on carrying out a research project of your own then please contact us at

We aspire to discover, document and communicate information on past and present designed landscapes in Cambridgeshire, thereby providing a lasting benefit to society.

Our approach:
Research and record historic landscapes, parks and gardens in the county
Provide advice and guidance to new members
Communicate results through a wide range of media including our website, newsletters, books and lectures, and other channels, such as the Parks and Gardens database, as appropriate
Support the Trust’s education programme
Collaborate with other local and national organisations

Our policy is to comply with all legal requirements on copyright and data protection, and to seek permission before publishing material from private sources.

Current research topics
For interested members there is a rolling programme of research topics to complement the education programme, fulfilling individual interests as well as Trust aims. Here are just some of the topics from the recent and current programme.

  • Gardens Gazetteer: documenting historic landscapes, parks and gardens in the county
  • Memorial Gardens: our education theme for 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of World War I
  • Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown: a national event to coincide with the tercentenary of his birth in 2016
  • Conservation Management Plans: to complement The Gardens Trust National Project
  • Walled gardens
  • Water gardens
  • Trees

Our research group works closely with the Huntingdon branch of The Arts Society.
If you have an interest in a specific area of research for heritage landscapes in Cambridgeshire we would love to hear about it and help if we can. Please contact us at