Secret Gardens, Hidden Histories

Green-fingered folk from community allotments to private gardens and civic parks across the country are being encouraged to celebrate the Year of the English Garden as part of Heritage Open Days this September. The festival is joining in with the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown by showcasing some of the most stunning public and private gardens in England. There will also be free access to the gardens and houses at a selection of National Trust properties, as well as lesser known private and public secret green spaces and community gardening projects with fascinating stories to tell.

Registration for organisers closes on 1st August with hundreds of green spaces already listed. Highlights from across the country include Lancaster's Storey Gardens, Corbridge's Dilston Physic Garden, Bristol's Warmley Grottoes, Norwich's Plantation Garden, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Reading International Solidarity Centre's Edible Roof Garden.

Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said: “Heritage Open Days is a great opportunity to showcase the hidden histories behind the green spaces in your area. From formal, prize winning horticultural landscaping, to allotments, pub gardens and community planting projects, every gardener has a story to tell!”

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said: “This is the chance for proud gardeners to take part in Heritage Open Days and an opportunity for visitors to enjoy some of the secret gardens in their own communities.”

Organisers will need to register their green space with Heritage Open Days by 1st August 2016. By registering, all participants will be able to apply for a free marketing support pack and their event will be listed at from mid-July. For more information, visit this page or email

Download the full press release and a preview of garden highlights here.