Historic Environment

Why Research and Record Historic Parks and Gardens?

Why Research and Record Historic Parks and Gardens?

To recognise the value of historic parks and gardens and their contribution to the landscape, and to enable their protection and conservation.


Survey, research and recording is required to maintain a record:-


As a ‘stock take

  • to recognise landscapes and gardens that are ‘forgotten treasures’
  • to indicate historic parks and gardens endangered by neglect or inappropriate development
  • to identify where further research is required.

To inform

  • proposals for change and development
  • restoration and conservation
  • ongoing management

To understand

  • the development of the landscape
  • the impact of social and cultural influences

To analyse

  • the features, periods, styles, types, designers of historic landscape and note their survival and rarity

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The knowledge gained of historic parks and gardens will:

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  • inform the understanding and presentation of the landscape
  • promote public interest, appreciation and participation in specific sites
  • encourage its use as a resource for education, recreation and tourism
  • help inform national and local government bodies to develop planning policies that consider the protection, conservation and management of historic parks and gardens
  • identify local characteristics and features that contribute to local distinctiveness
  • understand the practicalities of establishing and maintaining historic landscapes
  • enable their appropriate and accurate restoration, conservation and management

Contact the Hampshire Gardens Trust if you would like to find out more about researching historic parks and gardens.