Happy birthday to the National Trust! The charity was begun 125 years ago, on the 12 January in 1895, by three remarkable people - Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley. Today the National Trust looks after over 500 historic places and 250,000 hectares of countryside.

The first building and garden rescued by the National Trust was the 14th century Alfriston Clergy House in East Sussex. It was bought for £10. Now there are a huge number of gardens to explore. But which are your favourite National Trust gardens? We are asking Gardens Illustrated readers to vote for their favourite garden. We will collate the winners next week, so keep your eyes peeled on GardensIllustrated.com for the results.


Stay tuned for the winners.

Wondering about the secrets to a National Trust garden? Head gardener at Ham House Rosie Fyles took over our Instagram stories to show you what happens. Head to the Gardens Illustrated Instagram feed for all the fun.


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London