Looking After Parks, Gardens and Landscapes

Our technical guidance on how to care for and manage historic parks, gardens and landscapes.
  • The Lake, Middlesbrorough, North Yorkshire - a historic postcard

    Parks, Cemeteries, Urban Spaces

    Guidance on the conservation of our public parks and green space heritage.

  • Lilleshall Hall, Shropshire

    Garden Features

    How to care for and maintain historic garden features such as lakes, water features, rockwork, grottoes and moats.

  • Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire

    Opening Sites, and Events

    Sources of advice on opening up a historic park or garden for schools and visitors.

  • Volunteers planting at Easton Lodge, Nr. Great Dunmow, Essex

    Maintenance and Repair

    In caring for, or managing change in parks, gardens and landscapes, there are many features, historic layers and diverse interests to consider.

  • Tree propping at Kew Gardens, Surrey: Although a less favoured option for tree management, it may be considered necessary to allow important trees to be kep safe in well used public areas.

    Tree Management

    The care and conservation of trees within a wide range of historic environments is an important responsibility.

  • Animal wood carvings in beam

    Managing Wildlife and Habitats

    Most wildlife causes no damage to historic sites and it can be an added attraction for visitors.

  • A veteran tree at Lesnes Abbey, Belvedere, London

    Veteran Trees

    The British Isles are of European importance for the number of extremely old trees which survive in the landscape.

  • Asmuns Place, Hampstead Green


    Hedgerows are often considered one of the quintessential ingredients of the English countryside.

  • Horse Chestnut leaves affected by horse chestnut leaf miner

    Pests and Diseases

    How to monitor and manage the endless variety of pests and diseases which feed on trees and shrubs.

  • View of the lake at Princes Park, Liverpool

    Lakes and Water Features

    Lakes and water features: Lakes are often the major design feature of historic parks & gardens. Their care and management is often complex and costly.

  • Allotments at Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland

    Allotments, Orchards and Nurseries

    Historic features like allotments, areas of small rented garden plots, orchards and nurseries still survive in our towns and cities, and villages.

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