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Parks and Gardens Selection Guides

Many types of designed landscape regarded as of special interest are included on our Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest and can be searched on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE). Established in 1983 under the National Heritage Act the Register, which is administered by Historic England, now includes almost 1,650 sites. The National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012) sets out that registered parks and gardens are designated heritage assets of the highest significance.

 

Kensal Green (All Souls) Cemetery, London
Kensal Green (All Souls) Cemetery, London, opened in 1833 to a design by Richard Forrest. Registered Grade I. NHLE List Entry Number: 1000817

What the guides cover

The various types of designed landscape included on the Register are treated in our four thematically-arranged selection guides:

  • Rural Landscapes deals with parks and gardens around mainly private houses, and notably landscaped parks around country houses
  • Urban Landscapes deals with town squares and walks, and also the municipal parks which are such a feature of England’s towns and cities
  • Landscapes of Remembrance treats burial grounds, cemeteries and crematoria gardens
  • Institutional Landscapes discusses the designed settings of institutions such as schools and universities

Each guide gives a brief overview of:

  • The types of designed landscape covered in the guide
  • Current understanding, both of their history and development
  • In some cases, how many examples are known

The second half of each document sets out the over-arching registration criteria, before moving on to offer guidance relevant to the particular assets themselves. A select bibliography gives suggestions for further reading.

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Rural Landscapes

Rural Landscapes

Published 1 February 2013

One of four designation selection guides setting out the selection criteria for the inclusion of rural landscapes to the Register of Parks and Gardens.

Urban Landscapes

Urban Landscapes

Published 1 February 2013

One of four designation selection guides setting out the selection criteria for the inclusion of urban landscapes on the Register of Parks and Gardens.

Landscapes of Remembrance

Landscapes of Remembrance

Published 1 February 2013

One of four designation selection guides setting out the selection criteria for the inclusion of landscapes of remembrance to the Register of Parks and Gardens.

Institutional Landscapes

Institutional Landscapes

Published 1 March 2013

One of four designation selection guides setting out the selection criteria for the inclusion of institutional landscapes on the Register of Parks and Gardens.

Introductions to Heritage Assets

Our selection guides are supported by a series of Introductions to Heritage Assets (IHAs) which set out our understanding of particular landscapes.

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