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Gardens provide an important habitat for wildlife to live in and are invaluable green spaces especially in towns and cities, where nature can thrive. The Trust works in partnership with the Garden for Life scheme that encourages gardeners to develop and maintain wildlife habitats in the garden and describes the benefits that this will bring.

Environmental Friendly Gardening

The NTS has an Environmental Policy and in response to this the Gardens Department is in the process of developing operational guidelines that will advise staff on a range of subjects from biodiversity and climate change, gardening without peat; energy conservation, water management and irrigation to the management of invasive non-native species.

Garden Archaeology

As with buildings, gardens are not static and are subject to change and development over time. Just as layers of wallpaper can be peeled back to reveal the tastes and fashions of previous eras, so the design of previous gardens and landscapes can be unearthed and artifacts discovered. See the NTS Archaeology site for further information.

Education in Gardens

Gardens provide a valuable classroom facility for junior, senior and tertiary education in which people can learn about nature, plants and the environment. The NTS organises many educational and learning opportunities where visitors are given guided walks around the gardens and grounds of a property. See the NTS Education website for more details.