Our heritage is not merely buildings and history, but is reflected in all types of landscapes. Great landscape sites such as the White Cliffs of Dover or the Giant's Causeway help define the UK, as does the patchwork of green countryside, hedges, parks, gardens and forests. Cities are landscapes as well, and urban streets and spaces contain our history.
Heritage landscapes help us understand who we are and where we came from as a culture. Many landscape architects are employed in ensuring that these landscapes are maintained and restored for today and for future generations.
Historic landscape conservation generally involves working in teams with a wide range of professions, such as architects, archaeologists, surveyors and horticulturists. Garden archaeology is a field unto itself, and involves the study and restoration of gardens.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, the historic squares in London's Bloomsbury, the restoration of Barrow Park in Barrow-in-Furness and Hampstead Heath in London are all examples of historic landscape that are benefiting from the management of landscape architects.
Russell Square, Bloomsbury