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Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Aberdeenshire has a wealth of beautiful landscapes and gardens that vary dramatically in style as you travel across the area. It is important that their value is recognised thus ensuring their survival.

Historic Scotland states that " As well as being part of the scenery of Scotland and helping to attract tourism, Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes:-

  • Leith Hall Kinnethmont Photo provided by Archaeologyillustrate unique artistic talent
  • include some of the finest gardens in the world
  • house valuable and rare plant collections
  • are an important historic and educational resource
  • reflect social and economic change
  • are a rich haven for wildlife
  • protect undisturbed habitats
  • incorporate Sites of Special Scientific interest. "

Historic Scotland focuses on safeguarding this invaluable resource for future generations allowing them enjoy the beauty of our nation's landscapes and gardens.


The Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes

The Inventory is a growing and evolving record of nationally important gardens and designed landscapes across Scotland and provides an invaluable resource for all.

The Inventory includes designed or ornamental landscapes in Scotland, such as private gardens, the policies of country estates, public parks, cemeteries, botanical gardens and plant collections.

The Selection Process

Dunecht House  Photo provided by ArchaeologyThe key considerations in the selection process are historical, horticultural and arboricultural value, nature conservation interest, scenic interest, the quality and innovation of the design and the significance of the garden and other ornamental features. Many gardens and landscapes provide the setting for important listed buildings whose contribution to the design is recognised in the site assessment. Further information can be found with Historic Scotland.

The Planning Process

Pitmedden Gardens Photo provided by ArchaeologyPlanning Authorities are required to consult the Scottish Ministers, through the Historic Buildings Inspectorate in respect of any development which may affect a historic garden or designed landscape identified in the "Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland"

Planning Authorities are expected to have regard to the views of Historic Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage when considering the merits of planning applications which involve or may affect Inventory sites.


Searching The Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes

If you wish to find out whether a garden or designed landscape is included on the Inventory you may search Historic Scotland's database.


The Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.

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