Historic Landscapes Assembly 2022

Join us at the seventh national Historic Landscapes Assembly for a day of discussion and information-sharing.

Our theme for 2022 is ‘Our Landscape Heritage At Risk: climate change and development’.


10.00  Registration, tea and coffee, Unforgettable Gardens slideshow

10.30  Welcome: Peter Hughes, KC, Chair, the Gardens Trust

10.45 Planning reform: What does the future hold?

Victoria Thomson, Historic England Head of National Strategy

11.15  Planning Reform for Historic Designed Landscapes: panel discussion
Matthew Slocombe (Joint Committee of National Amenity Societies); Victoria Thomson (Historic England); Jason Mordan (Senior Conservation Officer, Nottinghamshire County Council); Bettina Kirkham (Chair, Berkshire Gardens Trust). Chaired by Deborah Evans, GT Trustee

11.45  Discussion and questions from the floor

12.00  Current planning casework issues: Margie Hoffnung, Gardens Trust Conservation Officer

12.45  Lunch and Community Showcase slideshow

1.45   The Challenges of Climate Change

Jo Barnes, Gardens Trust Conservation Committee

2.15    Impact of the climate emergency on historic designed landscapes: panel discussion
Imogen Wood (National Trust Heritage & Climate Consultant); David Lambert (The Parks Agency, Extinction Rebellion); Sarah Couch (Sarah Couch Historic Landscapes). Chaired by Jenifer White, Historic England National Landscape Adviser.

2.45    Discussion and questions from the floor
3.00    Break

3.15    2022 updates from national organisations: Historic England (Jenifer White, National Landscape Adviser); Natural England (Hannah Rigden, Senior Advisor, Landscape, Heritage and Geodiversity Team)

3.45    Mavis Batey Essay Prize 2022, presentation by Dr Clare Hickman, Gardens Trust Trustee and Reader in Environmental and Medical History, University of Newcastle

4.00    Why Garden History?: panel discussion
Michael Symes (Painshill historical consultant), Clare Hickman (Reader in Environmental and Medical History, University of Newcastle), Louise Crawley (PhD candidate, University of East Anglia), Annabel Downs (Chair of FOLAR). Chaired by Peter Hughes, Gardens Trust Chairman.

4.30    Close of Assembly – Peter Hughes

4.30-5.00      Wine and networking

Lunch is included, alongside displays from relevant bodies and a showcase of community projects.

All are welcome at this national event, which is intended as an opportunity for anyone interested in the historic landscape sector to share information, network, and debate key issues.

Tickets: £30 Gardens Trust members, £40 members of County Gardens Trusts, 

Special Offer – £65 ticket with included new GT membership.