What Makes a Garden Great?

RGA are currently undertaking a research project for English Heritage. We are seeking to know what people want from a visit to a garden, if you would like to take part in the survey please click on the link below.


All completed surveys will be entered into a prize draw to win a one year joint annual memberhip to English Heritage.

Historic Parks & Gardens

Wrest Park Gardens (c) English Heritage Photo Library The English are, and always have been, a nation of gardeners. This love of working the soil and sculpting the landscape has resulted in the many diverse historic parks and gardens surviving today. These range from town gardens and public parks to the great country estates. Reflecting the styles and tastes of past generations, from Medieval knot gardens and deer parks to sweeping 18th-century landscaped gardens, Victorian exotica and post-war examples, these parks and gardens traverse the centuries. They are all important and much treasured parts of our heritage.

English Heritage manages a number of historic parks and gardens. Most other historic parks and gardens are either privately owned or in trust, and many of these are open to the public. In addition, local authorities are responsible for nearly all the public parks in our towns and cities. We:

  • Autumn at Brodsworth Hall Give advice through our landscape architects on the restoration and care of historic landscapes
  • Comment on planning applications affecting sites of outstanding national interest (Grade I and II* Registered sites)
  • Compile the Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England
  • Provide grant aid for restoration projects of Grade I and II* sites and the London Squares Campaign, and advise on the Heritage Lottery Fund and other grants like the Countryside Stewardship Schemes
  • Care for our own historic gardens and landscapes


About Us English Heritage Gardens Contemporary Heritage Gardens
An introduction to English Heritage's landscape specialists. Information about the Historic Gardens in the care of English Heritage Outline of the scheme that aims to fuse contemporary design and the historic environment.