Historic England, as part of a crowd-sourced partnership project with The Gardens Trust, has added a huge variety of post-war gardens and landscapes to the National Heritage List for England, enhancing understanding and helping to protect them for the future

Water feature at the Water Gardens Estate, Paddington, London - one of 20 landscapes newly added to the Register of Parks and Gardens. © Historic England Archive

Historic England has announced the protection of 20 new post-1945 landscapes.

As part of a three-year collaboration with The Gardens Trust, and with suggestions from landscape professionals and members of the public, the heritage organisation has identified and protected some of the best examples of landscapes designed between the end of the Second World War and the early 1990s.

The project, according to Dominic Cole, President of The Gardens Trust, has effectively doubled the number of protected post-War designed landscapes.

‘Inclusion on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England is vital to help landscapes survive to delight future generations,’ Dominic said. ‘Twentieth-century heritage landscapes have often been overlooked and undervalued. We hope that these additions to the Register will throw a spotlight on the importance and quality of post-war designed landscapes.’

‘Each of the landscapes given protection today is special,’ said Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England. ‘Many demonstrate incredible thought and care for the people who would go on to use them, and others mark significant turning points in the history of English gardening.

‘These past few months have taught us that our green open spaces improve the quality of the environment around us, are good for our wellbeing and give us breathing space. This project shines a light on some amazing landscapes that exist all over the country, celebrating how they enhance our lives, and helping to protect them for generations to come.’

The 24 highlighted landscapes include memorials, public and private gardens, urban gardens and parks, housing estates, and industrial and commercial sites. For a full list of newly protected sites, see historicengland.org.uk.


  1. Excellent that this wide range of landscapes –of great diversity, interest and beauty– has been protected. Reading through the entries, it is good to see these key examples of their work, and be reminded of their wider contrbution, by these outstanding 20th Century Landscape architects based in the UK, including Preben Jakobsen, Michael Brown and many others.

    Congratulations to the Gardens Trust and to Historic England for this important milestone work.


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