managing notable gardens

Learn to manage notable gardens and significent landscapes

manage gardens


Understand the range of management strategies for long term survival of plants and garden features. Evaluate funding for historic gardens. Study visitor management for control of visitor impact on historic or important public parks and gardens.

Designed landscapes can be described as parks, gardens or grounds that are pre-conceived, designed and constructed for artistic effect. Parklands, woodlands, water and notable formal and informal gardens can be included. Some may have significant wildlife, archaeological and scientific interest; they are also often the grounds in which buildings of historical significance are situated.

Notable designed landscapes, of important heritage value, occur in cities, in towns and in the countryside - they include:

  • Archaeological remains
  • The grounds and gardens of large houses
  • Notable smaller gardens
  • Urban and rural small parks
  • Notable parks and green spaces that may have historical significance ie. refer to a particular historical figure or event
  • Old parks and gardens which may be representative of the period or a style, or can be attributed to a certain designer
  • Parks and gardens which may be of value as part of other notable landscapes or buildings
  • Large public parks
  • Community gardens and allotments
  • Civic landscapes
  • Churchyards, cemeteries and grounds surrounding public buildings such as hospitals and universities
  • Urban green corridors and other green spaces including village greens
  • New landscapes
  • Students will learn how:

  • conservation management plans for designed landscapes are formulated and how the information gathered is evaluated and verified.
  • to explain the role of public and interested parties, statutory and non-statutory consultees.
  • to evaluate public funding and other sources of funding; discuss the implications of grant aid criteria.
  • to understand the issues and procedures associated with the renewal of plant features.
  • to develop and outline strategies for creating new features within existing landscapes.
  • the processes involved in creating new gardens or landscapes can be managed.
  • control wear and tear on historic gardens and designed landscapes.
  • to determine appropriate work programs for repair and maintenance of hard landscape features.
  • to identify and outline staffing management and training issues, determine labour skill sets requirements.

This course has been developed by an international team of professionals from the parks and horticultural industries with the aim of being relevant wherever it is studied.

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Role and Formulation of Conservation Management Plans
    • Introduction: types of notable landscapes
    • The role of conservation management plans
    • Why research is important
    • National registers
    • Other sources of information
    • Gathering and organising the documentary information
    • The site survey
    • Reporting the research
    • Formulating conservation management plans
    • Writing the plan
  2. Consult Public and Interested Parties, Statutory and Non-Statutory Consultees.
    • The consultation process
    • Stakeholders
    • Community participation strategy
    • Collecting and analyzing data
    • Primary data research
    • Secondary data research
    • Steps for collection and analysis of data
    • Planning a formal survey
    • Designing a questionnaire
    • Common problems
    • PBL project to formulate criteria required for the successful consultation with all relevant stakeholders, in the implementation of a maintenance program for a notable garden.
  3. Role of Public and other Sources of Funding
    • Funding restoration and conservation
    • Examples of funding objectives
    • Large funding bodies
    • Other funding bodies
    • Grant aid criteria
    • Funding applications
    • Other sources of funds
    • Other cost considerations for sites open to the public
    • Plant sales, garden shop, tea rooms, etc
  4. Planning for Renewal of Plant Features
    • Plant surveys
    • Current plantings
    • Other considerations
    • Using experts
    • Trees
    • When not to retain a tree
    • Sourcing plant material
    • Collecting seed
    • Selecting a parent plant
    • Timing
    • Method of seed collecting
    • Removing seeds
    • Replanting strategies
  5. Developing New Features within Existing Landscapes
    • Type of actions: preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, reconstruction
    • Principles to follow
    • Car parks
    • Surfacing
    • Pebble and cobble paving
    • Fencing
    • Dry stone walls
    • Steps
    • Ramps
    • Railings
    • Retaining walls
    • Brick
    • Drainage
    • Timber
    • Stone
    • Rockeries
  6. Programming Repair of New and Existing Hard Landscape Features.
    • Introduction
    • Action plans: preparing maintenance management schedules
    • Managing and storing records
    • Hard copy information
    • Classifying information
    • Active and inactive records
    • Data protection
    • Fundamental maintenance tasks: drainage, paving
    • Maintaining stone and brick walls
    • Maintaining ponds
    • PBL Project to formulate a Maintenance Schedule for the repair of new and existing hard landscape features.
  7. Creating New Gardens and Landscapes.
    • Principles of landscape design
    • Design elements
    • Gathering site information
    • The base plan
    • Basic surveying
    • Design drawing
    • Completed designs and plans
    • Park design
  8. Identifying Required Staff Skills
    • Staff management, training and associated issues
    • Skill set required for workers in historic parks and gardens
    • The skills crisis
    • Training schemes
    • Volunteer labour
    • Skills audits and training plans
    • Identifying skills chortages
    • Conducting a skills audit
    • Training programs
    • Workplace health and safety
    • Identifying hazards
    • Risk control methods
    • Conducting a safety audit
    • Assessing risks
  9. Adapt Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes for Modern Use
    • Presenting historic gardens and designed landscapes
    • Visitor interpretation
    • Marketing and PR
    • Visitor facilities
    • Equal access
    • Access strategy
    • Managing wear and tear, vanalism, theft
    • Managing legislative requirements (eg. health and safety, equal access).
    • PBL project to adapt a historic garden or designed landscape for modern use.

Each lesson ends with assignments to test your knowledge and reinforce your learning; these are sent to your tutor at the Garden Design Academy for marking and comments.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, ex Royal Gardener and an experienced professional horticulturist, landscaper and garden designer. This course will help graduates develop knowledge of the industry at both a global and local level.

Managing notable gardens
Course cost: £ 495

OR two payments of £ 280

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