Designed Landscapes of the Recent Past

Closed 31 May 2021

Opened 13 Apr 2021


Are you aware of modern gardens and designed landscapes in Scotland? We'd like to hear about them and your views on this important aspect of our heritage.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) aims to champion Scotland’s modern garden and designed landscape heritage through recording sites, improving online records and considering the most important sites for designation.

Your nominations will help shape our latest heritage project.

This survey has 6 questions (with an option to nominate a maximum of 3 sites) and usually takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

All responses are anonymous and we are not collecting personal data. Thank you for taking the time to share your views with us.

Inscribed slabs of stone arranged in landscape of water, green hills, blue sky

View of 'The Present Order', Little Sparta © Crown Copyright: HES                                


We are interested in gardens and designed landscape that date from around 1945 to the early 21st century. They can vary from private garden grounds through to the spaces and places associated with Scotland’s towns, suburbs, businesses and institutions.

We think sites of this date are underrepresented in our publically available records including the online database for the National Record of the Historic Environment (Canmore) and the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes.  

The Inventory identifies gardens and designed landscapes of national importance and provides information on them. When a site is included on the Inventory it becomes a material consideration in the planning process.

We aim to develop our understanding of these sites – including their survival and significance – and to promote knowledge about this part of our historic environment.

We will do this by:

  • Asking for nominations of sites
  • Compiling information and doing research
  • Recording selected sites for Canmore
  • Assessing the most important sites for the Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes
  • Reviewing existing Inventory records
  • Sharing information about our work.

What happens next

This consultation is now closed. We will consider the responses received and publish a summary.

Our next steps will be to compile further information and plan the next stages of this project.