There are more than 200 parks, gardens and cemeteries listed in the Devon Local List of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest, which are important designed landscapes in the local context of Devon; some are of national importance and may merit inclusion on the Historic England Register at Grade II.
To be included in the Devon Local List, sites must be largely intact as a readable landscape, even if in divided ownership, and have significant remains that demonstrate one or more of the following:
- illustrates a particular aspect of garden history:
- a particular period or style, or succession of periods/styles
- has significant intact features (built and /or groundworks)
- demonstrates particular artistic, social, cultural or economic influences
- has unusual or rare garden features of merit/historic significance
- has known garden archaeological significance whether excavated or not
- has group value (eg contiguous sites with intervisibility, sites with strong design association or family links)
- provides an example of the work of a designer of:
- national/international reputation
- local reputation
- in addition to exhibiting other criteria is associated with a significant historical individual of:
- national or international importance
- regional importance
- local importance
- is the work of an influential plants-person/nurseryman etc and/or comprises a significant plant collection only if other criteria are also present (Note: the conservation and promotion of plant collections is the role of other organizations like Plant Heritage, NCPG, Hardy Plant Society.)
These criteria for inclusion on the Devon Local List can be downloaded here.
The sites on the Devon Local List are 'heritage assets’ and are included on the Lists of Heritage Assets compiled by Local Planning Authorities; as such they are a material consideration when considering planning applications. Responses made by DGT's Conservation Officer to planning applications affecting heritage assets on the Devon Local List are accessible on local authority planning portals.
The Devon Local List includes a wide range of designed landscapes, most of which are in private ownership and, as the Trust respects the owner's right to privacy, details given on this website is information either already in the public domain or where the owner has given permission.