The articles contained in this section provide some insight into the type of work and issues involved in identifying, recording, maintaining and restoring this important part of our heritage.
Champion of the people's parks
Alan Barber, who died in February 2011, fought for many years to reverse the late 20th-century decline in public parks. Sarah Jackson talked to him in 2008 about his experiences at the heart of the system and the need for root-and-branch reform.
From codebreaker to campaigner for historic parks and gardens
Mavis Batey, literary and garden historian, talks to Sarah Jackson about how she became interested in historic designed landscapes, and involved in campaigning to conserve them.
Treading in Charles Hamilton's footsteps
When Janie Burford stole into the overgrown wilds of Painshill, little did she know that this landscape was to occupy more than 20 years of her life. Sarah Jackson talks to her about overseeing the first major historic landscape restoration of its kind.
Making stone sing
Sarah Jackson talks to sculptor and stone carver Gary Churchman as he works on the re-creation of a reredos for the Darnley Mausoleum at Cobham Park in Kent.
The right man in the right place
Landscape architect Bil Mount, who died in January 2008, was a pioneer of historic landscape restoration in the 1970s. In 2007 he talked to Sarah Jackson about his work to save Hestercombe and other historic landscapes and gardens in the south of England.