Society warns of risk to heritage

Historic gardens are under threat according to Garden History Society

The Garden History Society’s (GHS) chairman Dominic Cole has warned that historic gardens are increasingly under threat. At a function in the British Library celebrating 40 years of the GHS, he said: “The GHS has been successful, through our conservation teams’ vigilance of the planning process, in saving many gardens from inappropriate development but there is always more to do. “English Heritage’s annual state-of-the-environment report now draws attention to the scale of the problem — some two thirds of listed gardens were subject to planning applications in 2004 alone.” GHS president Sir Roy Strong said: “The society is very important and it’s remarkable to think that it didn’t exist 40 years ago. “Our current government seems to hate heritage and so the Garden History Society has several things to focus on. Now is the time to concentrate on the gardens from the last century. “We need the society to include cottage gardens, urban gardens, allotment gardens and community gardens. We need to be more inclusive and open up to the breadth of the garden phenomenon.”

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