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An Overview of Research and Recording Practice

Article Index

  1. An Overview of Research and Recording Practice
  2. Researching and sources of information
  3. Getting started
  4. Making a site survey
  5. Writing up your findings
  6. All Pages

Writing up your findings

In general, your final report should include some or all of the following:

  • A current description of the site as it is today.
  • A chronological history of the garden and its development up to the present day.
  • Notes on the key people who have influenced the garden's development (owners, family dynasties, designers, gardeners and others).
  • Notes on the surviving historic features of the garden.
  • An assessment of the current condition of the garden's remains.
  • Maps and plans showing the development of the site and boundary changes up to the present day.
  • Historical photographs and illustrations as well as current photographs.
  • A bibliography of both the published and unpublished sources of information that you have consulted.


It is good practice, once your report is at draft stage, to send a copy for comment to the owner(s) and/or occupier(s) of the place and to individuals and organisations which have contributed to your research.

Other bodies which may like to see a copy include:

  • Your local County Gardens Trust, or equivalent
  • The local planning authority
  • Local Historic Environment Records
  • Special interest organisations, such as local history societies
  • Individuals with a specialist interest or relevant knowledge.

Further information:

You can download a copy of the Parks & Gardens UK Volunteer Training Manual and Research Recording Form from the Research & Record page in the Downloads area.