The landscapes we make – our 20 best

From a child’s slide in an inner London housing estate to a memorial garden to John F Kennedy, Historic England has listed our 20 best landscaped spaces, revealed today.

They have been officially granted protection and added to the Register of Parks and Gardens, part of the National Heritage List for England.

They include the play area in the grounds of the Brunel housing estate in London (pictured); York Gate Garden in Leeds, created by the Spencer family, talented amateur designers, as a suburban Arts and Crafts garden; Beth Chatto’s environmentally-sustainable garden in Essex; the Kennedy memorial landscape in Surrey; Denmans Garden in West Sussex where John Brookes, one of the most influential garden designers of the late 20th century, opened a garden design school; Campbell Park which connects the grid-planned new town of Milton Keynes with the landscape; and the simple, striking landscape around the Cummins Engine Factory in Darlington, County Durham.

The new Historic England protections are the result of a three-year collaboration with The Gardens Trust. Thanks to suggestions from landscape professionals and members of the public, some of the best examples of landscapes designed between the end of the Second World War and the early 1990s have been identified for protection

The new listings at Grade II associated with the landscapes are the Awakening Sculpture at Roper’s Garden in Chelsea, London; the slide in the children’s playground at the Brunel Estate in London; and the Jellicoe watercourse at the former Cadbury Factory on the Wirral. 

“From Broadwater Park, which gave out-of-town office staff a pleasant place to stroll at lunchtime, to Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe’s watercourse at the Cadbury factory, which delighted passing workers with its cascades and weirs, and Beth Chatto’s masterpiece, the birthplace of a revolutionary planting style that continues to influence gardening today, each of the landscapes given protection today is special” said Duncan Wilson, CEO of Historic England. “These past few months have taught us that our green open spaces improve the quality of the environment around us, are good for our wellbeing and give us breathing space. This project shines a light on some amazing landscapes that exist all over the country.”

Added to the Register of Park and Gardens (24 in all) are:

* Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester, Essex (Grade II)

* York Gate Garden, Leeds, West Yorkshire (Grade II)

* Denmans Garden, Fontwell, West Sussex (Grade II)

* Shute House, Shaftesbury, Dorset (Grade II*)

* Kennedy Memorial landscape, Runnymede, Surrey (Grade II)

* Alexandra Road Park, Camden, Greater London (Grade II*)

* Brunel Estate, Westminster, Greater London (Grade II), slide in playground newly listed at Grade II

* Golden Lane Estate, City of London (Grade II)

* Water Gardens, Burwood Place, Edgware Road, Greater London (Grade II)

* Churchill Gardens Estate, Pimlico, Greater London (Grade II)

* Fieldend, Twickenham, Middlesex (Grade II)

* Alton East & Alton West, Roehampton, Greater London (both at Grade II)

* Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (Grade II)

* Harlow Town Park, Essex (Grade

* Roper’s Garden, Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, Greater London (Grade II); ‘Awakening’ sculpture newly listed at Grade II

* The Improvement Garden at Stockwood Park, Luton, Bedfordshire (Grade II*)

* St Catherine's College, Oxford (upgraded from Grade II to Grade I)

* Cummins Engine Factory landscape (Grade II)

* Jellicoe watercourse at the former Cadbury Factory, Moreton, Wirral (Grade II)

* Broadwater Park, Denham, Buckinghamshire (Grade II)

* Stockley Park, Uxbridge, Greater London (Grade II)




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