When he lived and worked in Shropshire in the 1990’s Dr. Paul Stamper identified over 300 sites in Shropshire which might be defined as an historic designed landscape. More detailed studies were undertaken on approximately 50 sites and recorded in a Parks and Gardens Compendium which formed the basis of Dr. Stamper’s influential book ‘The Historic Parks and Gardens of Shropshire’.
As a result of Dr. Stamper’s work, designed landscapes in Shropshire have been divided into three categories: 32 sites of National Importance; 55 of Local Importance and over 200 sites of local interest. As the majority of these sites have not been researched and recorded, Shropshire Parks and Gardens Trust have set up the Research and Recording Project to ensure that detailed information on individual sites is available in future to assist the important work of site conservation and management.
At the first meeting of the Research and Recording Project Steering Group in January 2014 it was agreed that a countywide network of volunteers to help record and research gardens and historic landscapes would be essential. It is the intention of SPGT to apply for a Sharing Heritage Grant which, if successful, will enable SPGT to train volunteers in research and recording methods.
This is a long term project and will only succeed with the help of volunteers whether garden owners, members of the public and other interested parties. Any contribution in time and expertise will be gratefully received. If you feel you may be able to help or have any questions please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Future updates and reports from the Research and Recording Project will feature on this page.