Historic Parks and Gardens

Wales has a rich inheritance of historic parks and gardens. They form an important and integral part of the historic and cultural fabric of the country.

Dinefwr Castle

Dinefwr Castle

The Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales was first published in six county volumes between 1994 and 2002. A supplementary register of additional sites was published in 2007. It is not a closed list and sites can be added at any time — there are now nearly 400 sites on the register.

Sites on the register are graded I, II* and II in the same way as listed buildings. Approximately 10 per cent of sites are grade I and 23 per cent grade II*.Parks and gardens on the register range from medieval to late twentieth century. Many are multi-period with features of different styles and periods.

Registration does not bring with it any new consent regimes. The purpose of registration is to protect and preserve the essential features of historic parks and gardens, but this need not be a barrier to change. Conservation is about the careful management of change: finding the best way to protect and enhance the special qualities of the site so that present and future generations can appreciate and enjoy it. It is important not to let insensitive development harm the historic and visual character of historic parks and gardens.

Registered parks and gardens, and their settings, are afforded protection through the planning system. The local planning authority consults Cadw on applications affecting registered parks and gardens and/or their settings. The local planning authority may also consult the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust.

Any enquiries in connection with historic parks and gardens should be addressed to:

Inspector of Historic Parks and Gardens
Plas Carew
Unit 5/7 Cefn Coed
Parc Nantgarw
Cardiff   CF15 7QQ

or email cadw@wales.gsi.gov.uk