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 provide advice and guidance on the conservation, management, presentation and curation of gardens and landscapes across England.