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Lancashire Gardens Trust 

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 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 council members

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

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.

Pauline Chapman

Pauline Chapman


I worked for a shopfitting company before carrying out research for the Building Research Establishment.  I joined the Civic Trust for the North West and later the Civic Trust where I was the regional manager.  

I then set up Pauline Roscoe & Associates, heritage and environmental consultancy, which prepared management plans for private, public and commercial organisations.  I also was the town centre heritage manager for a local authority developing Heritage Lottery funded improvements.

Diane 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.

Tim Chapman

Tim Chapman


After becoming an architect and working for several practices on many different building types, I set up and managed a small development company.
I then changed direction again and worked in Pauline’s practice.

I have studied the history of landscape and geology and always been interested in our environment.  Since retiring, I have been able to find more time to visit properties and enjoy their landscapes.

Jane Atkins

Jane Atkins

Event coordinator

Shortly after retiring from a long career in teaching I met a member of Lancashire Gardens Trust on a land conservation course.

She was very enthusiastic about LGT and so I too became a member.

I studied both History and English and after finding that LGT research and lectures extended and informed my own learning I joined the Events sub group and represent this group on the Management Council.

We aim to organise one event each month.

Sue Woodhouse – web

Sue is in charge of updating and maintaining the website.

If you have anything you would like to ask regarding this site, or have a photo and information you would like to add, just get in touch by email by clicking on the button below.

Thank you.

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

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Membership benefits

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

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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

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