The Garden History Society’s list of Conservation Management Plans
Scope of the project
This GHS project to compile a list of CMPs is the first of its kind and as such has inevitably been exploratory in nature.
Such a list has been long desired by the sector so this first foray into compiling it has been met with broad support. The project stimulated further discussion about CMPs and these ideas and issues have been recorded so that they can be explored further by our sector in due course.
The project remit was not to collect copies (electronic or otherwise) of the CMPs, but the GHS does recognise that it would be valuable to develop an archive of CMPs with a searchable database. The Hestercombe Gardens Trust (Somerset) plans to set up a Centre of Landscape Studies with a CMP archive and has advised on the GHS CMP project.
It has also been recognised that there are similar documents to CMPs – accredited student dissertations, for example – that would be useful additions to a list such as this. This project has provided a useful exploration of the processes involved, and it is hoped to be able to broaden the criteria for inclusion in future, either within this or a separate but related list.
Submissions to the list have been given voluntarily. The best examples include full bibliographic reference details but in others only limited information has been provided. Most notable omissions are missing publication dates, direction as to where a copy of the CMP is held, and precise titles (typically substituted with generic document descriptions, e.g. ‘Parkland Plan’). These incomplete entries have been included as an indicator that some research has been carried out and it is hoped more information can be added at a later date.
The published list is not intended to be a definitive catalogue of all CMPs relating to historic designed landscapes but it is hoped more CMPs will be added in future, growing it to become a comprehensive reference. It is also intended to add CMP details to individual Parks & Gardens UK site entries as more information becomes available.