Capability Brown in Norfolk

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is often referred to as the father of landscape architecture, and the Norfolk Gardens Trust brings to print for the first time a detailed study of his work in their county.  This book is written to coincide with the 300th anniversary of Brown’s birth, and contains over 135 colour maps, paintings and photographs.  It will appeal to those interested in these historical Norfolk landscapes and the families who lived there.  For Brown’s devotees wishing to learn more about his contribution to the English Landscape Movement in eighteenth-century Norfolk, his surviving plans and a contract are described in full and contemporary and subsequent evidence examined, to determine what design elements and features were built and which of these have survived today.

Copies of our latest book can be bought in Norfolk bookshops or by contacting the editor Sally Bate on sally@bate.vianw.co.uk The books cost £10 each (+ £ 2.99 postage and packing).

Norfolk Gardens & Designed Landscapes

The Norfolk Gardens Trust has published a comprehensive work documenting the history, evolution and architecture of Norfolk’s gardens and designed landscapes as well as their horticulture and design. The research was done utilising both volunteers from the Trust and working with the University of East Anglia. This critically acclaimed book incorporates details of 330 gardens and landscapes and includes over 300 photographs. The book was successfully launched in November 2013 and to date has sold over 1,000 copies and is now on its’ second print run. The book was co-authored and edited by NGT Committee member Roger Last.

Copies of the book can be obtained from major local bookstores such as Jarrolds and via Amazon.


The Norfolk Gardens Trust News is a publication produced twice a year and sent free of charge to all members. Copies of the News are also sent to the Association of Gardens Trusts, the British Library, the RHS Lindley Library, the Museum of Garden History, the Norfolk Studies Library and the Norfolk Records Office in Norwich, where they can be viewed on application.

Its range of articles will appeal to anyone interested in gardens and landscape history in Norfolk and beyond. The NGT News is edited by Sue Roe and Clive Lloyd and designed by Karen Roseberry.

Please contact sue@cliveandsue.plus.com with suggestions for articles and if you would like your garden to be featured in our Readers’ Gardens section. 

A copy of the latest Norfolk Garden Trust News can be downloaded here.


The Trust has previously commissioned garden surveys. For more information on these please go to the Surveys page.