Use Places & People to search over 6,600 parks and gardens in the UK and 2,100 biographies of people associated with them. Image location: Bedgebury National Pinetum

Learn about the rich heritage of parks and gardens in Topics.
Image location: Powis Castle

Follow News & Events, updated regularly with the latest information affecting historic parks and gardens. Image location: Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Visit the Schools for ideas and activities to encourage the interest of children and young people in their local parks. Image location: Trentham

Join us as a volunteer and Research & Record historic parks and gardens in your area.
Image location: Cirencester Abbey

View the Illustrated Glossary which provides definitions and accompanying images for terms and concepts associated with historic parks and gardens. Image location: Pannett Park

Gardening in Wartime: Parks & Gardens UK Records

With over 9,000 records of parks and gardens on our database, it is no surprise to find several with relevant WWI and wartime histories. Here is a selection of interesting records already on the database. We also feature a memorial landscape each week in our Latest News. To see a list of all of the memorial landscapes featured so far, click here. We look forward to receiving additional research contributions from volunteers to expand our database on this subject. 

Abbots Ripton Hall http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/site/16 During the First World War the Hall was used as a hospital.

Battersea Park http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/site/310 During the First World War allotments were laid out in the park, an anti-aircraft station was set up on the croquet field, and a clothing depot on one of the cricket fields. The gravel carriage drives were damaged by heavy vehicles and after the war all the drives and paths were tarmacked. 

Chelwood Beacon http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/site/5633/history The estate passed to the 6th Earl Donoughmore who was at Verdun in World War 1. He brought back chestnuts back from Verdun, which he planted at Chelwood.

Oakfield, Upton-by-Chester http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/site/6864/images During 1914 to 1918: WW1 Wartime hospital and refugee camp there are some great pictures of troops in the grounds of the house.

Rowntree Park http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/site/2861 York's first municipal park laid out in 1919-21 following design proposals by Frederick Rowntree, and presented to the City of York by Messrs Rowntree & Co as a memorial to the Cocoa Works staff who fell and suffered during the First World War.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/site/1683/summary During WW1 the house at Heligan was taken over by the War Department in 1916, it was used as an convalescence home for the officers. Many of the staff who tended the original magnificent gardens at Heligan were called up to fight in the 1st World War. Of the 22 that went only 6 returned to their original jobs.

Victoria Park in Leicester http://www.parksandgardens.org/places-and-people/image?id=2403 Has a WW1 war memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and also features a peace garden in front of it.