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

Research & Record

Get Involved!

You do not have to be an expert on garden or landscape history to get Volunteers on a training day at Bolton Hall, North Yorkshire, in May 2007.involved in the Parks & Gardens UK project (although experts are welcome to volunteer too!). To help with the project, you could:

- Research the history of a park or garden in your area, or contribute research that you have already done.

- Create a profile of a person who has been historically associated with a park or garden. Input data for other site records.

- Write an article on a garden history theme for the website.

- Take digital photos of parks, gardens, historic garden features and other artefacts.

If you are not already a member of a Gardens Trust or similar organisation, we would like to put you in touch with your nearest group, where you will find help and support from other garden researchers. But you are welcome to register with us individually if you prefer.

If you need training on how to carry out research and recording of historic parks and gardens, we can help with that too. For those who are totally new to the subject, we provide an Overview of Research and Recording Practice online.

Forms and information

The Research Recording Form and Volunteer Training Manual are available on the Resources page. Other useful tools can also be found on this page such as the Illustrated Glossary and the Thesaurus which provide definitions and accompanying images for terms and concepts associated with historic designed landscapes. 

The Database

If you already have a user name and password, please click here to login to the data entry system.

We welcome volunteers adding and editing records in the database, and we will guide you on how to do this. To register for data entry please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the word 'register' in the subject line. Alternatively, you can send us the information and we can upload it for you.