The ‘Directors of Large Gardens Group’ draws members from the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland, English Heritage, the Eden Project, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh.
Eden Project director oif horticulture Donald Murray said: "The formation of this group is an exciting step. It will help those of us overseeing some of the largest gardens in the UK to identify opportunities for working together and to communicate quickly and efficiently. It is an informal grouping offering a collaborative approach to deal with the big issues facing some of the countries best loved gardens over the coming decades."
"Having all that experience in one room to draw upon can only be a positive thing and one of the key areas we’ll be looking at this year are the skills shortage and environmental management."
National Trust head of gardens Mike Calnan said: "I am particularly looking forward to the opportunity for open and in-depth discussions around the big common issues that will be affecting us all over the coming years, one of which is how we strategically manage our plants and gardens in an ethical and environmentally sound way."
The group will meet twice a year. Its next meeting is in May.