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

Resources

The Resources page is for volunteers who wish to contribute their research to the Parks & Gardens UK database. If you have any questions or need further assistantance, please contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Research Recording Form

This form can be used in hardcopy while in the field during a site visit as well as electronically while doing desk research. It has been designed to enable a smooth transition of information for volunteers who plan to contribute their research to Parks & Gardens UK. If a research individual or group requires assistance with completing the form, please contact us. Please also note: if a site is not normally open to the public and your research has been put together as part of a private tour or visit and the information contained within your report is not otherwise available from public sources, we ask that you please get permission from the owner(s) to submit your research to Parks & Gardens UK prior to submission. 

Gardening in Wartime additional information form 

This is for volunteers contributing research to Parks & Gardens UK for the Gardening in Wartime project in collaboration with the Garden Museum. This form should be used to collect additional information relevant to the project which could be used in the Garden Museum's exhibition in Autumn 2014.

Volunteer Training Manual

The manual offers a practical guide to aid volunteers at all levels of experience to research and record parks, gardens and other types of ornamental landscape, and contribute information and materials to the Parks & Gardens UK database.

Introduction

Part One is an introduction to researching and recording parks, gardens and other designed landscapes. If you are new to this kind of work, we suggest that you begin here, to get an idea of what is involved.

Part Two offers in-depth advice on researching a garden’s history. This part is intended as a practical guide and reference resource for researchers in the field, and is divided into sections for easy reference to just the material you need at any stage of the process.

Part Three of the manual contains detailed contact and bibliographic information relating to the many organisations, publications and other resources referred to in Parts One and Two.

Part Four contains the detailed supplementary information that is referred to at various points throughout the manual.

Other documents and resources

Thesaurus

Developed to assist volunteers in their research and allow them to use consistent terminology when noting particular aspects of historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes.

Illustrated Glossary

The Illustrated Glossary provides definitions and accompanying images for terms  and concepts associated with historic designed landscapes.

Parks & Gardens UK Terms of Database and Website Usage

These are the terms on which we allow access to the database and website and the terms on which we are pleased to accept contributions of data for the database. Parks & Gardens UK Terms of Database and Website Usage