The Garden History Society’s list of Conservation Management Plans
Conservation Management Plans (CMPs) have proved to be valuable tools for developing informed management strategies for historic designed landscapes. CMPs 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 historic designed landscapes.
In 2011, Garden History, the journal of The Garden History Society (GHS), published an open letter on Conservation Management Plans for Historic Landscapes by John Phibbs which, amongst other things, raised the issue of the unharnessed potential of CMPs as a large and significant body of research. Largely in response to the debate this sparked, in 2012 the GHS launched a project to compile a reference list of CMPs and related research for historic designed landscapes. This was managed for the GHS by Linden Groves and made possible with sponsorship and support from English Heritage.
Over 12 months, the GHS called for references of CMPs from garden historians, landscape architecture practices, County Gardens Trusts, national heritage organisations, local authorities and individual properties. It then collated these into a list to be made available online on Parks & Gardens UK. In turn, Parks & Gardens UK has updated individual site entries to include reference to individual CMPs.
The list was initially published in September 2013, and then updated in July 2014.