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Lancashire Gardens Trust Council

Lancashire Gardens Trust is a dynamic organisation and we welcome new members to support the work that needs to be done.  Simply by becoming a member you will already be helping.
Why not come along to one of our event visits as a guest if you want to find out more about us?

Our President

Robert has been the owner of the Browsholme Hall Estate, Forest of Bowland Lancashire since 1975. Built in 1507 the Hall is the oldest surviving family home in Lancashire. The Hall has been open to visitors since 1958 and has recently restored a Grade II listed barn as a venue for associated tourism, private functions and community events. The twenty five acres of landscaped garden and parkland were designed in the late 18th C; but features of an earlier garden exist as terraces and a yew walk.

Since 2005, Robert has been Technical Adviser to Historic Houses which represents 1620 historic homes throughout the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Browsholme Hall, Nr Clitheroe, Lancs BB7 3DE
t. 01254 826719

Robert Parker DL

President, Lancashire Gardens Trust

Our Patrons

“Mark and I are so pleased to be involved with the Lancashire Gardens Trust, so successfully run by Elaine Taylor and the Team.  As a designer myself I realise that commissioned  landscapes are often ephemeral, and subject to decline because of changes in fashion and failure to maintain them in their original form.  This is inevitable, but it is so interesting to read studies of how much of the inspiration of great men like Humphry Repton survives.  This is one of the most important objectives of the Trust, exemplified by the recent work at Scarisbrick and Rode Hall.  The Trust  performs a most valuable task in bringing awareness of designed landscapes to a wider public.”

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Sir Mark & Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd

Patrons, Lancashire Gardens Trust

Meet the team

Elaine Taylor

Elaine Taylor

Chairman - research coordinator - newsletter

Elaine studied the History of Garden Design at the University of Manchester and followed on with the course Landscape, Heritage and Society at the University of Chester, gaining a Master of Arts. She gives lectures and courses in garden history.

She was co-founder of Lancashire Gardens Trust in 2007 and currently leads the Research and Recording initiative.

She is a volunteer advisor to Heritage Lottery Fund projects, specialising in Lancashire’s Edwardian landscape architect Thomas Mawson.

Stephen Robson

Stephen Robson

Vice Chairman - secretary (acting) - minute secretary

Council member, and Conservation and Planning lead. Retired chartered landscape architect and chartered town planner. Particular heritage interests in conservation and restoration, vernacular architecture, industrial architecture, mapping and genealogy

Alan Robinson

Alan Robinson


From 2001 freelance designer advising on and implementing for museum and heritage clients a wide range of design and interpretive projects. Before that job titles, Assistant Director Conservation and Design, North West Museums Service, Design and Display officer for Leisure Services Department, City of Coventry Corporation and Chief Design Consultant Western Command, Chester, plot a totally unplanned but mostly enjoyable career.
Diana Stenson

Diana Stenson

Membership Secretary

I joined the Lancashire Gardens Trust in it’s very early days, over 10 years ago. I quickly became the Membership Secretary and have been responsible for collecting fees and contacting members with newsletters, details of events and Gardens Trust news ever since. I retired from almost 40 years of teaching history in 2004 and have been able to concentrate more time and energy into my two main interests of Gardens and Music. I have always been a singer and a member of choir groups since school days until the present day. I am also a Trustee of Fleetwood and District Choral Society.

Sheila Jones

Sheila Jones


I completed 4 years at Gloucester Art College, School of Architecture, Town Planning and Landscape, with Diploma in Landscape Architecture. My first job was with Lancashire County Council in the Architects dept. followed by Central Lancashire Development Corporation. I like nothing better than to visit gardens so the Garden Trust is just right for me and feel that serving on the Conservation panel is a way to contribute.
Stephen Taylor

Stephen Taylor


Stephen was the first treasurer of Lancashire Gardens Trust, bringing to the role his experience in business management. He and Elaine enjoy maintaining a productive kitchen garden.

Sue Woodhouse – web

Sue is in charge of updating and maintaining the website.

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Why not become part of the trust?

Fees for annual membership

£18 Single
£23 Double
£25 Associate (available to not-for-profit organisations)
£10 Concession (to full time students)

Fees continued...

£180 Life membership Single
£230 Life membership Double

Membership Form

Click to download a membership application form.

Membership benefits

Lectures, guided visits, a regular newsletter with featured articles, and meeting like minded people.

Sign up for gift aid

If you are a UK taxpayer you may also sign up for Gift Aid, please download the form here

Explanatory notes on Gift Aid are available to read here

Let’s discover together

Lancashire Gardens Trust

Regd. Office: Moss Lane House, Green Lane, Chipping, Preston. PR3 2TO

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