In 2005, Parks and Gardens UK set up a database as a resource for all those interested in historic parks, gardens and designed landscapes in the United Kingdom. It currently holds over 9,000 records for parks and gardens, 2,100 biographies of associated people, special sites dealing with topics of current interest, such as the Lancelot (Capability) Brown tercentenary, maps, modern and historic photographs and images.
Despite receiving financial contributions over the years to help maintain the database, P&GUK is unable to continue to fund the maintenance and future development of this valuable resource. The good news is that they are in negotiations with the Hestercombe Gardens Trust who are looking to take over maintenance of the database. Thanks to funding from Historic England, P&GUK will continue to manage the database for the next few months, while discussions with Hestercombe Garden Trust progress. Meanwhile, P&GUK looks forward to receiving archival contributions from the country garden trusts, and will keep everyone informed of their progress.
The database is available online at parksandgardens.org/
For Cornish Gardens another important online resource is the County Council’s Historic Environment Record, available through the Heritage Gateway at heritagegateway.org.uk/gateway/