About us


Chiswick House and Gardens Trust is a registered charity (no. 1109239) which manages the Grade I-listed and Scheduled Ancient Monument – Chiswick House. In addition, we manage the 65-acre Grade I, award-winning Gardens and 21 listed garden buildings and statues, on behalf of English Heritage and London Borough of Hounslow.

We are proud that Chiswick House and Gardens are internationally recognised as a place of historic significance in architectural and garden history.

We also care for and manage the Grade I-listed Conservatory which was designed by the architect Samuel Ware in 1813 and substantially remodelled in about 1930. The Conservatory houses the largest collection of heritage camellias under glass in the world.

The Walled Garden we also care for dates back to 1682 and was converted into a community Kitchen Garden by a group of local volunteers in 2005 – it is now a vital community outreach resource.

Coronavirus hit us hard – as it has done for many. We lost 60% of our commercial income overnight which has left us with a shortfall to fill. 2021 has not bounced back in the way that we, along with many other organisations, hoped it would.

Thanks to National Lottery Heritage Fund – Culture Recovery Fund, we are hopeful that our plan to reopen Chiswick House in May 2021 can go ahead. We hope that our income will return along with our visitors and help bridge the gap.

Our vision and aims

We decided that is important that we set out a future path, for ourselves, funders and supporters. We published a draft in September 2020 for consultation setting out a refreshed vision and mission which you can find here.

Our vision is to be a special place to delight, educate and be inspired by our 300 years of stories of influence, design and environment.

For everyone every day.

And our mission is to conserve our historic, horticultural and natural heritage for our visitors; sustain and improve our biodiversity and support our local community’s health and wellbeing.

The pandemic has set us back but, with the Culture Recovery Fund grant, we are confident that we can successfully launch our new visitor experience and look to improve our income from admissions, Café and retail spend.

This strategy, along with our continued focus on fundraising, will help to secure our short-term future for our daily visitors while we build more long-term financial sustainability. This will allow us to invest in our community outreach, public programme and learning activities to broaden our reach and diversity.

In the meantime we remain absolutely committed to keeping our gardens open – for everyone, every day.

Governance

Find out more about Chiswick House and Gardens Trust which manages the restoration, management and protection of this important historic site.

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Work with us

Find out about the latest job and volunteering opportunities at Chiswick House and Gardens.

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