Conservation & Planning

We work with owners, developers, local authorities and others to conserve Devon’s designed landscapes, particularly those which might be at risk: gardens, parks, public parks and cemeteries, both private and public, in both urban and rural areas.

We respond on behalf of the national Gardens Trust (a statutory consultee) on all planning issues affecting historic designed landscapes in Devon that are on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest, and those sites of local importance that are included in the Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest.


  • identify and propose sites that might be of national importance and which therefore should be included on the Historic England Register, and those of local significance for inclusion in the Devon Gazetteer
  • underpin our conservation work with research on the gardens, parks and cemeteries in the county, where possible recording those sites 
  • advise owners, managers, developers and planners on conservation
  • award grants to conservation projects 

The Trust has a highly experienced Conservation Officer, a chartered town planner, who has considerable knowledge of the county's historic designed landscapes and their setting; he has established a good working relationship with all the local planning authorities in Devon who value his expertise and advice on conservation and planning.

Our Conservation Committee comprises members with a wealth of expertise and experience. It monitors conservation matters in the county, supports the conservation officer, and makes recommendations on grants and projects to the Trust's Council of Management. 

  • Planning Responses

    Formal responses from Devon Gardens Trust to planning applications can be accessed via local authority planning portals.
  • Conservation Projects

    We offer grants for conservation projects in important designed landscapes in Devon.
  • Grants

    We have set up two schemes, one for bursaries to horticultural students and the other for small grants for projects involving gardens and designed landscapes in Devon.
  • Parks & Gardens

    One of the Trust’s main aims is to build up a picture of parks, gardens and designed landscapes of historic interest in Devon.