Caring for Historic Parkland

Stowe, Buckinghamshire
Compton Verney, Warwickshire

This leaflet has been designed to help farmers, land managers and farm advisers identify historic parkland features and ensure their conservation through appropriate management.

Most parkland today is the product of several phases of design over several centuries. Some originated as, and retain elements of, mediaeval deer parks, others retain remnants of the pre-park agricultural landscape, and some contain scheduled monuments and other archaeological features. In most cases, individual historical phases co-exist on the same site, and vestigial phases often require expert analysis for correct identification. Past stewardship can help inform their future conservation. The leaflet offers guidance on finding out more about surviving parkland and sources of advice on both conservation and grant aid for restoration.

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