Garden & landscape masterplanning

Welcome and introduction

Christopher Weddell, Senior Gardens Advisor, English Heritage

Wrest Park tour

John Watkins, Head of Gardens and Landscape, English Heritage
Sheila Das, Upper Gardens & Apprentice Manager, English Heritage Wrest Park

The Burra Charter

The Burra Charter and the associated series of Practice Notes provide a best practice standard for managing cultural heritage places in Australia.

FRLA website

Website of FRLA, including a link to Botanic Garden Creation: From Idea to Realisation a booklet by James Furse-Roberts looking at the process of master-planning for botanic gardens and similar natural heritage organisations

IUCN Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas

Link to the IUCN Specialist Group in Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas (CSVPA) website linking the global network of experts including conservation professionals, heritage practitioners, policy makers, academics, government representatives, community members, custodians, and representatives of religious organisations.

The Garden History Society list of Conservation Management Plans

Conservation Management Plans (CMPs) are valuable tools for developing informed management strategies for historic designed landscapes, and typically include research on a site’s history, development and surviving state, and taken together they form a sizeable body of material on the UK’s designed landscape heritage.

To harness the potential of this information, The Garden History Society maintain a reference list of CMPs and related research for historic designed landscapes. This was made possible with sponsorship and support from English Heritage.

Masterplanning and conservation management plans are a vital tools to support the long-term management of historic and botanic gardens, enabling them to develop a site relevant and focussed approach based on their core objectives. Through this they can fulfil their many remits, gaining both internal and external support for their aims and objectives. Such planning enables garden managers to identify and articulate the different landscape characters and layers, and to define and implement projects and work programmes.

This training day looked at how garden managers can be effective in identifying stakeholders and also to best develop and implement conservation management plans and masterplans, in order to provide overall and long-term direction for their site. The day will also looked at how masterplans can support and enhance visitor experience through the identification of improved orientation, interpretation and high quality visitor facilities and services.

Ultimately masterplanning is just the starting point. The day also looked at how to identify the shared ownership of a plans, and how best to communicate and integrate the vision and implementation into everyone’s work.