Great Dixter Charitable Trust

In 2003 Christopher Lloyd had the foresight to set up the Great Dixter Charitable Trust. When he died in 2006 the Trust took over the running of the estate.

The Trust’s first task was to acquire the 60% share in the property owned by his niece, Olivia Eller. This was achieved in May 2009 with the help of financial support from major grant giving trusts, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends of Great Dixter and many private individuals.

The Trust and its staff are dedicated to maintaining the quality and unique atmosphere of Great Dixter, protecting the house and its contents and ensuring that the garden remains open to inspire visitors with its exuberant and dynamic style of gardening. The surrounding estate with its meadows and ancient woodland continues to be managed in the traditional manner to maximise biodiversity and sustainability.

With help from further grants and donations the Trust has been able to restore the fabric of the historic buildings and provide accommodation and training schemes for young gardeners. It has catalogued and carried out conservation work on the historic archives and furnishings in the house and created better facilities for visitors.

The Great Dixter Charitable Trust is committed to the legacy left to the nation by Christopher Lloyd. Whilst he is much missed, the house and garden flourishes under the Trust’s stewardship, continuing and expanding on his good work as he intended.

Click below to download the 2015/16 Annual Report