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. 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. Discover more about parks and gardens in this section.