The Amisfield Preservation Trust


The Amisfield Preservation Trust is a charitable trust that was established to restore and develop the historic Amisfield Walled Garden for the enjoyment and benefit of the public and, in particular, the health, well-being and education of the local community.

It is our vision that:

  • Amisfield Walled Garden becomes a recognised venue for education and training for individuals of all abilities in East Lothian – specifically focusing on horticulture and heritage;
  • Amisfield Walled Garden becomes a recognised destination for visitors; and that
  • Amisfield Walled Garden becomes a model example of how a community can come together to improve their environment, learn new skills and become healthier and more active.

The Amisfield Preservation Trust was set up in December 1999 as a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Our board of trustees currently comprises ten directors who bring with them a range of professional skills and experience, and a shared passion to see the garden project flourish. In 2012, the Trust was granted a 99-year lease of the walled garden and surrounding area from the current owners, East Lothian Council, on the condition that the garden is to be developed as a community resource.

We have approximately 100 members, and around 50 regular volunteers (see Volunteering) who have transformed the garden from its initial derelict state. We have at least 1000 visiting members of the public a year with many more attending special Open Days (see Events List). We work with many other educational and charitable organisations providing facilities for more than 400 individuals to benefit from the garden (see Education and well-being).

The Trust was responsible for securing Heritage Lottery Funding for the stabilisation of the Summer House. The Trust is now responsible for major fund-raising and is the holder of the lease from the Council under which it operates. It is also responsible for management, membership and promoting awareness of the project amongst the local community, and for developing the horticultural potential of the garden. It actively seeks new members and community support.
The Trust is dependent on its membership, grants and donations for financial support in order to maintain and develop the garden and its activities. We are particularly grateful to the following for recent support:

  • The Robertson Trust and East Lothian Council Partnership Funding for the salary of the full-time Volunteer Coordinator
  • Viridor for upgrading of the path network and funding the new building project
  • The Tyne-Esk Leader Programme for contribution to volunteer co-ordinator salary
  • Haddington and Lammermuir Area Partnership for support of the community education building project
  • Bank of Scotland for support of the Archaeology at Amisfield project
  • Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and Fiona Playfair for support of the Grow and Learn Programme
  • Forestry Commission for advice on woodland management
  • Numerous private individuals who have generously contributed to enable us to purchase plants and tools
  • Numerous volunteers who have contributed many thousands of hours and huge effort and commitment to make this project possible
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If you would like to find out more about Amisfield and how you can become involved in helping to develop the garden, contact us at

Membership of the Amisfield Preservation Trust

To find out more about becoming a member of the Amisfield Preservation Trust
contact Jane Watt at:

Membership costs only £10 per annum.
Your support is a welcome boost to the continuing work that is transforming Amisfield Walled Garden.  Please download a membership application form here.