Over the coming months we will be transferring the Gardens Trust’s bibliography of Conservation Management Plans to OASIS, a UK-wide online database. OASIS enables heritage practitioners to provide information and submit reports on their work to heritage bodies and local Historic Environment Records.
OASIS is an important database for archaeologists which has been expanded to include historic buildings, parks and garden records. It brings together a number of strategic partners: the Archaeology Data Service, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, under the umbrella of the University of York.
We are delighted that our list of CMPs will have a long-term home at this accredited open archive. It is particularly exciting because it creates the opportunity to feed this important information directly and simply into the planning system, through the Historic Environment Records (HERs). This work is supported by a Heritage Protection Commission grant from Historic England.
The Hestercombe Gardens Trust is also continuing to build its archive of copies of CMPs and welcomes new donations: contact Ben Whitworth.