An Overview of Research and Recording Practice
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- A bibliography of both the published and unpublished sources of information that you have consulted.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.
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.