Historic parks and gardens
Spot registration of historic parks and gardens
Spot registration is the 'fast track' means by which a site can be assessed for inclusion in the national list. Should a currently unregistered site under consideration for spot-registration prove to be of registerable quality, it can be registered promptly, usually within one month, to confirm its national importance.
This emergency procedure is normally used either where there is a firm commitment to seek grant-aid for repairs from major grant giving bodies, or where there is an immediate prospect of development or change which might potentially be harmful to the historic interest of the site. Registration helps in this situation to bring attention to a site's importance. Requests for assessment of a site for spot registration are welcome from any interested or concerned party.
Submitting requests for registration
If you own, have an interest in, or concern about a park or garden which you know is of particular historic interest, and think it should be considered for registration, then we would be pleased to know. Priority will be given to the assessment of sites threatened by immediate planning concerns, then to those where support for major grant-aid applications is sought. It is helpful if your request for us to consider a site for registration is submitted as indicated below.
- Covering letter, addressed to English Heritage explaining the reason for the request and the urgency of the issues involved.
- Details of the location of the site either as its national grid reference or in relation to the nearest settlement(s), and the local authority in which it lies.
- Information on ownership if known.
- A brief written statement explaining what you consider might make the park or garden of special historic interest in a national context, and an outline of its historic development.
- A map clearly showing the site.
- A brief description of the site as it is today, including mention of features within it of particular note.
- A set of current photographs of the site clearly labelled with the name of site and a one line description of what each individual photograph shows.
- Supporting information. Copies of any documents which provide immediately relevant details of the historic evolution of the park or garden. References to any other known documents or sources of information on the history of the development of the site. Early editions of the Ordnance Survey maps are particularly useful, as are any other historic maps such as early county maps, tithe maps, enclosure maps and estate surveys.