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Parks and gardens

Parks and gardens are recognised for their special historic interest. These range from town gardens and public parks to the great country estates.

Nationally registered parks and gardens

English Heritage compiles and maintains the Register of Parks and Gardens Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historical Interest in England. The register identifies designed, ornamental landscapes which are of ‘special historic interest’ in the national context. There are approximately 1370 sites on the register and further sites are constantly added. There are eight registered sites in South Gloucestershire.

Locally important parks and gardens in South Gloucestershire

In addition to the nationally important parks and gardens there are a number other parks or gardens of local importance to South Gloucestershire. They are based on the “Gazetteer of Historic Parks and Gardens in Avon” (1991) by S. Harding and D. Lambert.. Since 1991 a number of Parks have been added to this list. These make a valuable contribution to the heritage, environment and local distinctiveness of the District. They are all entered on the Historic Environment Record and as such are subject to procedures outlined for the treatment of archaeological sites. The Avon Gardens Trust also holds Information on Parks and gardens and the Association of Garden Trusts has information on parks and gardens nationally.

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