Arley Hall Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire © Clay Perry

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.

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.

Animal wood carvings in beam

Wildlife and Habitats

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

A grass covered mound in dappled sun photographed against a backdrop of trees.

Landscape Management of Monuments and Sites

Advice on managing earthworks and ruins, problems like bracken and ivy; and other land management issues.

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.

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.

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

Advice on: Opening up historic parks for schools and visitors. Planning for large scale events. Falconry displays. Fireworks, bonfires & sky lanterns.

Photograph of the Green Flag Awards Flag

Green Flag Award Scheme

The Green Flag award scheme is the national benchmark standard for parks and green spaces.