Updated Heritage at Risk list includes more parks

Seven parks have been added to Historic England's Heritage at Risk list, denoting sites that are in need of rescue.

Westgate Hill Cemetery: new addition to at-risk listing (Historic England)
Westgate Hill Cemetery: new addition to at-risk listing (Historic England)

St John's Cemetery (1857) and Westgate Hill Cemetery (1829) in Newcastle-upon-Tyne are both on the updated list, with monuments and buildings in poor condition and both sites overgrown. Bicton Park estate in Colaton Raleigh, containing important gardens and an arboretum, is under "continuous pressure for development" from the land-based college on-site and requires a masterplan, while Tortworth Court in Cromhall - also the site of a renowned arboretum - has been neglected and poorly managed, with Leyhill Open Prison and other developments encroaching on the land. Kingston Maurward in Stinsford, which contains "notable Edwardian gardens", is also under pressure from development.

Fragmented ownership is also causing issues in some newly-listed parks. At Lupton Park in Kingswear the degraded Italianate garden and house are owned by a trust while private owners are in charge of the park, walled garden, pleasure grounds and woodlands. The "pre-eminent" 19th century landscape at Witley Court in Hillhampton is in multiple ownership, with only parts of the park and garden well cared for and concerns expressed about intrusive development and the loss of parkland trees.

Five parks have been removed from the list, including Old Warden Park in Southill, now open to the public following conservation works funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund; Lamorbey Park in Bexley, which the London council part-manages; Somerhill in Capel, which received funding from Natural England to set up a parkland plan; the Capability Brown-designed Mamhead Park in Kenton, which was previously subject to "inappropriate land management"; and Babington House in Kilmersdon, containing lakes, gardens and parkland plus a "well maintained" kitchen garden.

One-third of all the sites on the 2010 register have been rescued. Over the next three years Historic England aims to take a further 750 sites off the listing.

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