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.
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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.
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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

P-poppies etc 007Throughout 2014-2018 the nation will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Hundreds of parks and historic designed landscapes were transformed by temporary uses such as training camps, for food production, or by abandonment.The Gardening in Wartime project is a joint initiative between the Garden Museum and Parks & Gardens UK. The project focuses on the untold story of gardens and gardening during and after the First World War.

Memorial Landscape of the Week

Winchester College Garden of Remembrance

To commemorate the death of 500 Wykehamists who fell in service in the World War 1, Cloisters and a Garden of Remembrance were designed by Herbert Baker, in 1924. Gertrude Jekyll created a planting plan for the Garden, the plan of which still resides in the College Library. Read more....

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Please use our Research Recording Form to organise your research, ready for submission to the database.

Time is of the essence! Please send us your research as soon as possible.

Gazetteer of War Memorial Parks and Gardens 

How many war memorial parks and gardens are there in the UK? We would like your help to find out! In September 2014 we launched an exciting project to compile a Gazetteer of War Memorial Parks and Gardens in the UK. It is the first of its kind and is now freely available along with an informative article about memorial parks and gardens. The Gazetteer will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available.

Online resources, projects, guidance and suggested reading

Visit our resources page for information and links to resources online which relate to WWI, remembrance and how the war affected historic parks and gardens in the UK.

Schools and learning resources

A selection of learning resources for schools to use about World War I. If you have a resource you would like to share, please contact us.

Parks & Gardens UK records

We have over 9,000 records of parks and gardens on our database. Here are some examples of interesting records already on the database relevant to WWI and gardening in wartime.


Over the next four years, events, exhibitions, lectures and visits will take place all around the country that focus on WWI and commemorations associated with it. We are updating our Events Calendar regularly to provide information about WWI events across multiple organisations and areas. Please be sure to check the calendar regularly for events of interest near you.

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