The Gardens Trust and Historic England would like to hear about designed landscapes from the mid-to-late twentieth century that are at risk or ought to be protected

Cadbury's factory, Moreton; a designed landscape by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, c. 1954. Image: Annabel Downs CMLI

Due to popular demand, the closing date for receipt of nominations to the Gardens Trust’s ‘Compiling the Record’ campaign has been extended to 31 December 2017. The Gardens Trust, in partnership with Historic England, is seeking nominations of important designed landscapes from the 1960s to the mid-1990s. Gardens Trust volunteer Karen Fitzsimon CMLI believes that such landscapes are ‘woefully unrepresented’ on the National Heritage List for England.

Read about the campaign on historicengland.org.uk.

‘To date,’ Karen said, ‘our campaign has received over 80 nominations. A rough breakdown shows 24 gardens and 21 cemeteries have been nominated, but only 15 sites in more public domains of country parks, civic spaces and sport sites. The geographical spread is uneven too, dominated by the South and the Midlands: only seven sites are in the North West and the North East.

‘So give the profession a Christmas gift and get nominating!’

The Cadbury’s factory in Moreton, Merseyside (pictured above) is an example of a post-war factory garden nominated to the Compiling the Record campaign. A Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe design, it is a precursor in design and detail to his work at Hemel Water Gardens, with viewing platforms, fluted rills and earthworks. The Landscape Institute archive at the University of Reading has a number of the design drawings and also Susan Jellicoe’s photographs of the project.

Take part in the campaign

Landscapes most likely to make the grade will:

  • have  strong design element
  • have good level of survival (although they may be in poor condition)
  • probably, but not necessarily, be the work of an eminent designer
  • have a layer of design from c. 1960-1990, although this may be part of an older landscape

Entrants should fill in the online form located at the Gardens Trust website, providing the following basic information:

  • the name and address of the site
  • the type of site (a list of categories/typologies is provided on the website)
  • the designer, if known
  • the date of design, if known
  • a short summary of why the site is or might be important

Maps or photos are not required at this stage.

The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2017. The Gardens Trust and Historic England will review the sites, compile a shortlist of 50 and establish a panel of experts to assess their potential for registration.

Find more details at thegardenstrust.org.

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