Historic Parks and Gardens

Powis Castle Gardens, Powys

Powis Castle Gardens, Powys

Wales has a rich inheritance of historic parks and gardens. They form an integral part of the historic and cultural fabric of our country. Their importance is recognised in the Historic Environment (Wales) Act 2016, which requires the Welsh Ministers to compile and maintain a statutory register of historic parks and gardens in Wales.

The statutory register will come into force during 2019. It will incorporate the existing non-statutory Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales, which was first published in six county volumes between 1994 and 2002. A supplementary volume was published in 2007 and nearly 400 sites have been registered.

Registered sites 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.

The register supports the protection and conservation of historic parks and gardens, but it 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 a 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.

Statutory registration will not be accompanied by any new consent regime. Registered parks and gardens will continue to be afforded protection through the planning system as set out in Planning Policy Wales. 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.

In preparation for the introduction of the statutory register, Cadw has undertaken a thorough review of the boundaries of all registered historic parks and gardens. Before the commencement of the statutory register in 2019, we will consult with owners and occupiers on the results of those reviews and any boundary adjustments that may be required. After the register comes into force, information about registered sites will be made available on Cof Cymru, Cadw’s online resource for national historic assets.

Download the FAQs at the bottom of the page for further information on the statutory register. Follow the related link for guidance on the management of change to historic parks and gardens.

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@gov.wales