Donate to the grounds and gardens

Our Grade 2* listed Gardens and 1,200 acres of woods, farmland and river banks form part of the Elmhirsts’ vision of a ‘many-sided life’ which we are embracing here on the Dartington estate.

…or read or to find out more about why your donation is vital, and to see our current campaigns.

Our Grade 2* listed gardens and 1,200 acres of woods, farmland and river banks form part of the Elmhirsts’ vision of a ‘many-sided life’, which we are embracing here on the Dartington estate.

The garden and estate teams work to keep this special place beautifully maintained and accessible for all to discover and enjoy; an inspiring living place where community and nature come together.

As Dartington is a registered charity your donations are crucial to support the continuation of this work.

You can make a general donation or find out more about specific areas where you can make a difference today.

Thank you for your support.

Current campaigns

These are areas we particularly need your help with right now. You can donate to a specific campaign using the facility found below.


The Magnolia steps are one of the most important design features in the Grade 2* listed gardens. They are loved by many, but in recent years’ invasive plants and weeds have become increasingly problematic, meaning that the steps have lost some of the definition and impact of Percy Cane’s original design.

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This autumn the Gardens Team will clear the ground adjacent to the steps completely to prepare for an ambitious new planting scheme that will take place next spring. The planting plan, designed by Dan Pearson (you can find out about that here) aims to totally revitalise the Magnolia steps for the 21st Century.

If you love the gardens and want to play a part in this exciting project please consider making a donation today. Every pound donated will help bring Dan Pearson’s vision for the Magnolia Steps to life.

ash dieback


You may have seen from our recent updates that Ash dieback has unfortunately arrived at the Dartington estate. This autumn we must start the painstaking and heart-breaking process of clearing the diseased trees, focusing on those in high risk areas along roads and pathways and doing everything we can to protect and conserve the unaffected trees.

Read more about ash dieback at Dartington >

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