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Historic Gardens & Landscapes


Gardener, historian and ecologist. Gareth has an extensive experience of natural and designed landscapes, both technical and practical.  Gareth and his heritage consultancy team bring their considerable talents together to focus on the conservation of historic gardens and cultural landscapes. Combining landscape architecture, ecology and horticulture our expertise can offer valuable insight and practical solutions across the landscape heritage discipline.

A professional gardener and ecologist teamed up with a qualified and experienced landscape architect, sharing a passion for historic gardens and landscapes is a rare combination. First meeting up on the highly regarded masters course in the Conservation of Historic Gardens & Cultural Landscapes Gareth & Sian have combined their particular specialist areas to collaborate on select projects, offering an experienced and professional service within the landscape heritage sector.

  • Expert Horticultural Consultant
  • Site Survey & Analysis
  • Heritage Assessments
  • Historic Landscape Appraisals
  • Historic Landscape Impact Assessment
  • Archive Research
  • Restoration & Design
  • Statements of Significance
  • Legislation & Planning
  • Historic Landscape Management & Maintenance Plans

Gareth Edwards MSc MPGCA MCIHort

Gareth’s specialist area as an historic gardens consultant is founded on many years of the day to day practical work in historic gardens in combination with industry leading academic qualifications. With a background in field botany, ecological survey and environmental impact assessment, Gareth switched allegiances to the world of horticulture. Having worked his way up from apprentice gardener, Gareth is now responsible for the management & maintenance of a number of historic gardens of local and national significance. This responsibility covers both the day to day tasks of  routine maintenance, budgeting for these essential tasks, and knowing what and how to achieve specific goals.

A rare combination of hands-on experience and academic training, Gareth can advise on all aspects of historic garden restoration, management & maintenance. How to restore and maintain 100 year old Yew hedges, the significance and design of early 20th century water features, the grafting and re-planting of heritage fruit cultivars, dealing with pests and diseases, advising on suitable planting schemes; practical solutions for all horticultural issues.

Holding a masters degree in the Conservation of Historic Gardens & Cultural Landscape, Gareth is also a member of the Chartered Institue of Horticulture and a national expert with the Professional Garden Consultants Association. This reflects Gareth’s 3 decades experience working in natural & designed landscapes, recognising significance and understanding how to manage and conserve.

Sian Jones CMLI MA Dip BSc

Having worked as a senior landscape architect and heritage landscape specialist with renown landscape design practices, Sian, as a freelance consultant, is now focusing on her chosen specialism of the historic environment

  • Landscape & Visual Impact Assessment for Historic Sites
  • Historic Landscape Appraisals
  • Historic Landscape Management & Maintenance Plans
  • Historic Landscape Impact Assessment

Selected projects include:

  • design recommendations concerning a proposed re-profiling of an existing extensive water body set within a Grade II* registered park & garden within the immidiate setting of a Grade I listed building.
  • archival research developing detailed ornamental period appropriate planting plans.
  • landscape restoration plans for an historic burial ground and coastal dune ecosystem.
  • GPS based footpath, vegetation and water erosion studies.
  • environmental regeneration of former colliery into an extensive country park.

Sian’s specialist area of expertise is working with sensitive and heritage landscapes, including private country estates, eco-tourism schemes and public parks. An experience ranging from ‘pure’ restorations through to substantial developments and contemporary interventions within heritage settings.

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