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The articles in this section discuss aspects of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes and are intended for anyone interested in learning more about topics such as deer parks, walled kitchen gardens, public parks and more.

Dales Plants and Gardens 1900-1960: project methodology

thumb_sr_richmond_castle_230w‘Dales Plants and Gardens 1900-1960’ is a volunteer-run oral history project, which began in October 2007. They are recording people's memories of food plants gathered and grown during the first half of the  20th century in Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale.

Volunteer Sally Reckert writes about the methodology that they have developed for the project to research and record the small gardens and allotments.

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Dales Plants and Gardens 1900-1960: growing food

‘Dales Plants and Gardens 1900-1960’ is a volunteer-run oral history project, which began in October 2007 to record people's memories of food plants gathered and grown during the first half of the 20th century in Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale.

Here volunteer Sally Reckert writes about the food grown in private gardens and allotments in the North Yorkshire Dales. 

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Deer parks and hunting

This paper by Paul Stamper on deer parks and hunting focuses on the medieval period and includes an overview of hunting before the Middle Ages. It was first published in 1988 as part of 'Woods and Parks' in The Countryside of Medieval England, edited by Grenville Astill and Annie Grant, published by Basil Blackwell. This online edition includes a new introduction and additional illustrations.

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The Walled Kitchen Garden

Every estate, be it large or small, would once have had a kitchen garden, usually enclosed by walls, which produced fruit, vegetables and flowers all the year round. Fiona Grant looks at the work of the walled garden, once at the heart of the country estate.

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Therapeutic landscapes: the design and use of nineteenth-century lunatic asylum grounds

Thumbnail image of Colney Hatch Asylum aerial view. Crown copyright: NMR 14995/30.Dr. Clare Hickman's article gives an overview of how asylum landscapes were designed and used, with case studies located in Northampton in the East Midlands.

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