Nominations are needed by 31 October

A registered C20 designed landscape: the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe-designed Hemel Hempstead Water Gardens, restored in 2017. © HTA Design LLP

The Gardens Trust, in partnership with Historic England, is looking for important designed landscapes from the 1960s to the mid-1990s with potential for inclusion on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE), where Gardens Trust volunteer Karen Fitzsimon CMLI says they are ‘woefully unrepresented’.

Speakers at the Garden Trust’s springboard conference last May highlighted a number of potential landscapes from this period. This raised awareness of ‘public’ typologies vulnerable to public misunderstanding and underappreciation. Housing estates, universities, institutional sites of hospitals, and industrial and infrastructure complexes such as airports, reservoirs and pumping stations are at particular risk of neglect, poor management, and occasionally complete loss.

Karen said:

‘To date, our campaign has received 48 nominations. A rough breakdown shows 21 cemeteries and eight gardens, but only 18 sites in more public domains: country parks, civic, commercial, institutional, sport and housing landscapes. The geographical spread is uneven too, dominated by the South and the Midlands: only four sites are in the North or North East!

‘Through personal involvement with their clients and planning authorities, and in their design, planning or history, landscape professionals are especially well placed to know of these more public sites. We need members to push back the cobwebs and have a good think! Do you know of just such a landscape – and can you take five minutes to nominate it to the Campaign?’

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 October 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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