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Modern Gardens and Landscapes

In partnership with The Gardens Trust, we will soon be starting a strategic project looking at post-war designed landscapes to identify strong candidates for registration.

We are asking for your help in identifying post-1945 gardens and designed landscapes of all types to form a longlist of sites we will consider adding to the Register of Parks and Gardens. Do you know an important post-war park, garden or designed landscape which you would like to suggest for consideration?

Submissions can be made via The Gardens Trust’s Compiling the Record website, where you will also find details of the information we need and other guidance on making your suggestion. The closing date for submissions is 31 December 2017, after which we will draw together all the suggestions and take the best candidates forward to assessment.

As part of this work we have gathered together some already registered post-war designed landscapes in order to highlight this area of work more clearly.


When thinking of English parks and gardens, many may think of the traditional cottage garden or eighteenth century landscaped park. However, since 1945, garden designers and landscape architects have been creating many exciting new landscapes, bringing together art, architecture, town planning and horticulture. The National Heritage List for England (NHLE) already includes some of the best examples, ranging from cemeteries and memorial parks, to public parks and communal squares, and from office- and university landscapes, to small private gardens.

In the gallery below, you can view some of the wonderful post-war landscapes already included in the List, and via our Landscape Selection Guides you can find out more about the criteria we use for their assessment.

A selection of registered landscapes constructed post-1945

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Modern Gardens and Landscapes Image Gallery

Please click on the gallery images to enlarge.

  • Pasmore Pavilion concrete sculpture and landscape around it
  • Landscape at the former CEGB Headquarters. Approach sign bearing the name 'The Pavilions' in the foreground.
  • Rows of graves at German Military Cemetery, Staffordshire.
  • Pilkingtons Head Office building with lake in foreground, St Helen's.
  • Salisbury Crematorium, Wiltshire, garden in foreground and principal building
  • St Catherine's College, Oxford, with lawn in foreground
  • Formal canal and fountains with Gilbert House in the background, The Barbican, London
  • Japanese garden with New House in the background, Oxfordshire.
  • Trees and bushes laid out in the Japanese Garden at the New House, Oxfordshire.
  • Queen's Park, Swindon, pond and terrace.
  • Walsall Memorial Garden, with church in background.
  • Terraced Roof Garden at Mountbatten House, Basingstoke

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