You do not have to be an expert on garden or landscape history to get involved in the Parks & Gardens UK project (although experts are welcome!
To help with the project, you could:
- Research the history of a park or garden in your area, or contribute research that you have already done.
- Create a profile of a person who has been historically associated with a park or garden. Input data for other site records.
- Write an article on a garden history theme for the website.
- Take digital photos of parks, gardens, historic garden features and other artefacts.
If you are not already a member of a Gardens Trust or similar organisation, we would like to put you in touch with your nearest group, where you will find help and support from other garden researchers. But you are welcome to register with us individually if you prefer.
If you need training on how to carry out research and recording of historic parks and gardens, we can help with that too. For those who are totally new to the subject, we provide an Overview of Research and Recording Practice online.
Forms and information
The Research Recording Form and Volunteer Training Manual are available on the Resources page.
Other useful tools can also be found on this page such as the Illustrated Glossary and the Thesaurus which provide definitions and accompanying images for terms and concepts associated with historic designed landscapes.
We welcome volunteers adding and editing records in the database, and we will guide you on how to do this.
To register for data entry please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the word 'register' in the subject line. Alternatively, you can send us the information and we can upload it for you.