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.
Wondering about the secrets to a National Trust garden? On Friday 17 January we have Rosie Fyles taking over our Instagram stories to show you exactly what a day in the life of the Head Gardener at Ham House. Head to the Gardens IllustratedInstagram feed for all the fun.