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Conservation in Practice

Read about conservation projects for historic designed landscapes in the UK. Also included are brief case studies about restoration projects for particular features within a landscape. 1

Projects and Case Studies

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Isle of Wight Historic Environment Action Plan

HEAPs (Historic Environment Action Plans) are being promoted by Historic England as a way of characterising the historic environment of local areas and of developing local management strategies, thus contributing to sustainable development. A key aim of the Isle of Wight HEAP is to promote community understanding, conservation, and management of the historic environment.

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The Restoration of the Formal Garden at Hestercombe

The first attempt by a local authority to restore authentically a historic garden. This 1970s project, carried out on a shoestring budget, tackled important practical issues, such as how closely to follow original planting plans when there would be insufficient resources to maintain them.

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The Story of the Painshill Park Restoration Project

Begun in 1981, this highly ambitious project aimed to save a site on the verge of becoming a 'lost' landscape. Archaeological investigation played a crucial role in establishing where and how features had been constructed originally.

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Brief case studies

Examples of conservation and restoration issues and how they have been resolved in specific case studies.