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Information for owners

The Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland is our booklet for owners and occupiers and it explains more about what Inventory status means (Gaelic version).

Some of the most frequently asked questions about the Inventory are found below.

Does inclusion on the Inventory restrict what I can do?

Historic Environment Scotland does not have a role in the day-to-day running and maintenance of Inventory gardens and designed landscapes. Our involvement is limited to development that requires planning permission. Local authorities are required to consult us on development proposals that they consider will affect an Inventory garden or designed landscape, although they are not bound by the advice that we give.

If your plans involve a listed building or scheduled monument within the designed landscape, please note that you may also need listed building consent or scheduled monument consent.

Does owning an Inventory site mean that I have to open it to the public?

No. Inventory status does not require owners to open their property to the public. In fact, most of the sites on the Inventory are privately owned.

Will I be notified and consulted if my property is being considered for the Inventory?

In the vast majority of cases, we are able to contact owners of sites being considered for the Inventory. We recognise that the input of landowners and managers who know the site well is often invaluable. It also gives us the opportunity to explain fully the implications of Inventory status and answer any questions that arise.

For large designed landscapes with multiple owners, this part of the process can sometimes be more difficult.

Where can I see the Inventory?

The Inventory can be accessed in full via our online search facility. For a map-based search that includes all Historic Environment Scotland designations and other data, please visit the PASTMAP website.

Is grant money available?

See our grants pages for information about Historic Environment Scotland’s grant schemes. Owners of Inventory gardens and designed landscapes may be particularly interested in the Landscape Management Plan Grant.

How do you decide on the boundary of Inventory gardens and designed landscapes?

We use historic documents and maps together with evidence collected during fieldwork in order to define the boundary of a garden or designed landscape. Sometimes features such as policy walls and gates provide a clear indication of where a boundary can be drawn. In other circumstances it is less clear and professional judgement is used to determine the most logical boundary line. Current land ownership does not have a bearing on defining the boundary.

Who do I go to for specialist advice about conservation?

See our conservation group pages for advice about technical issues.

Where can I find further information?

If your question is not answered above or in our booklet The Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, please email the team at or phone us on 0131 668 8701/8705.

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Heritage Management Directorate
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