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Gardens Guide

The Guide to Robinson College Gardens is available from the Porters’ Lodge. This includes garden history, a suggested gardens tour and lists of the main larger plants and trees together with maps and photographs, including our outdoor artworks.

The cost is £5 each.  All net proceeds go to the National Garden Scheme Charities listed below:

For details see:

Originally set up in 1927 to support district nurses, the National Garden Scheme now raises millions of pounds for nursing and health charities each year.

Macmillan Cancer Support, £18 million has been donated since 1984 funding care units, 150 Macmillan nurses and other vital professionals.

Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness, employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, caring for people living with a terminal illness, and their families.

Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care for the terminally ill, as well as their families, carers and friends.

Carers Trust is the UK’s largest charity for anyone caring (including over 25,000 young carers) unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute campaigns for the best possible nursing care for patients in their own homes and communities.

Perennial helps and supports anyone who creates or maintains gardens, parks, sports facilities, woodlands and other green spaces as they deal with life-changing events such as serious injury, long-term illness, family bereavement, redundancy or family breakdown.

Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity supporting those with the condition. Symptoms vary from person to person, so people with Parkinson’s can benefit hugely from local groups which provide support and an opportunity to share experiences with others in a similar situation.

Horatio’s Garden promotes the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening. The charity is named after Horatio Chapple. Horatio volunteered at the spinal centre in Salisbury and had the vision of a garden for all those connected to the centre. Horatio’s life was cut short in 2011 at the age of 17. The aim now is to create and care for beautiful accessible gardens in NHS regional spinal injury centres. In spring 2019, the National Garden Scheme committed funding for the completion of all eleven gardens across the country and in 2021 donated a further £75,000.

Since its foundation, the National Garden Scheme has donated over £63 million to nominated beneficiaries.

Gardens Guide prepared by the late Dr S. Trudgill, Former Chair of Robinson College Gardens Committee and Head Gardener, Mr Guy Fuller, June 2015 (updated 2022) with 2014 Tree Survey by David Brown, BSc(Hons) DipLD MA PhD MCIHort FArborA Landscape Architect and historical aspects from Dr Martin Brett, Desmond O’Grady and Cambridge Gardens Trust. Garden artworks captions by Dr Gary Doherty, Former Chair of the Visual Arts Committee. Photography by Steve Trudgill, Donald Richards, Nikolai Koval and College archives. Booklet designed by Nicola Jones and produced by Robinson College Development Office.