The Suffolk Gardens Trust is working in partnership with its parent body, The Gardens Trust, and Historic England to research and record the wonderful public and private designed landscapes in the county that should be protected and celebrated by inclusion on the National Heritage List for England. The list identifies the buildings, sites and landscapes that deserve to receive special protection, so they can be enjoyed by current and future generations. Currently, only 23 historic green spaces are protected in this way, including Helmingham HallBawdsey Manor, and Felixstowe Cliff Gardens

Historic parks and gardens are a much-loved part of our shared national story. This project is part of The Gardens Trust’s Unforgettable Gardens campaign, which looks at what gardens mean to us, the threats they face and how you can save them for future generations.

The project offers training in research skills, know-how and support for volunteers to get involved in the project. We are particularly keen to find out more about urban and suburban gardens, commercial sites, institutional landscapes, and 20th-century and post-war designed landscapes. Unprotected, some of these special spaces may be vulnerable to loss, decay, or inappropriate proposals for development. We want to understand these landscapes better and help to ensure their protection and care, so that current and future generations can enjoy them and discover their story.

To find out more about this project, or volunteering, please get in touch by emailing:

See the Gardens Trust website ( for more information.