Ashridge - Restoring our Heritage

Garden Restoration

A Campaign to raise £750,000 – Can you help?

Ashridge is one of the most beautiful and historically significant parks and gardens in England. A jewel of the late 18th Century and of the early 19th Century picturesque style at its zenith, it survives intact, little altered. It is of great rarity and is registered Grade II* by English Heritage.

The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust has a duty of care to preserve the House and its gardens for the benefit of the nation and a landscape conservation plan has identified a number of areas now in need of protection and restoration. A five year programme of work has already begun for which we have launched a Campaign to raise £750,000.

The programme includes gardens designed by Humphry Repton, the greatest landscape gardener of the late 18th Century together with the 19th Century changes introduced by its then Chatelaine, Lady Marian Alford. Projects include the Monks’ Garden, Souterrein and Grotto, Rosary, Rhododendron Walk and the Moat and Bridge as well as a project to replace sculpture and ornamentation sold in the 1928 sale when the Ashridge Estate was broken up.

You can learn more from our brochure ‘Ashridge - Restoring our Heritage’ giving a history of the gardens, the full restoration programme and ways to give.

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Our supporters so far

Donations totalling some £30,000 have enabled us to begin work and our thanks go to:

  • The Finnis Scott Foundation
  • The Robert Clutterbuck Charitable Trust
  • The Robert Kiln Charitable Trust
  • The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
  • The Worshipful Company of Gardeners
  • The Friends of Ashridge
  • Gaddesden District Village Produce Association
  • Numerous individual donors.

A celebration of Ashridge heritage

Internationally renowned experts on historical and conservation architecture, and the history of landscape design gathered at Ashridge in July to honour the life and work of 19th century architect James Wyatt’s death and 18th century landscape designer Humphry Repton and celebrate Ashridge’s rich history.

Learn more about the event.
The Moat and Bridge
The Moat and Bridge
The Monks Garden
The Monks Garden