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
Some of the most frequently asked questions about the
Inventory are found below.
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.
your plans involve a listed building
or scheduled monument
the designed landscape, please note that you may also need listed building consent
or scheduled monument consent
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.
large designed landscapes with multiple owners, this part of the process can sometimes be more difficult.
can I see the Inventory?
The Inventory can be accessed in full via our online
. For a map-based search that includes all Historic Environment Scotland designations
and other data, please visit the PASTMAP
grant money available?
See our grants pages
about Historic Environment Scotland’s grant schemes. Owners of Inventory gardens and designed landscapes
may be particularly interested in the Landscape Management Plan Grant
do you decide on the boundary of Inventory gardens and designed landscapes?
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
If your question is not answered above or in our booklet The
Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes
, please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone us on 0131 668 8701/8705.