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Historic England in Search of Suffolk’s Unforgettable Spaces

00:01 August 11, 2022

Research is ongoing to find and protect Waveney’s historic green spaces.

Historic England and the Gardens Trust is launching its new project, Suffolk’s Unforgettable Garden Story, with the aim of discovering, celebrating and protecting the county’s historic parks, gardens and landscapes.

Currently, only 23 historic green spaces in Suffolk and nine in the east of the county are protected and listed on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE).

Belle Vue Park, in Lowestoft
– Credit: Nick Butcher

This includes Grade II listed Belle Vue Park in Lowestoft and Henham Park, as well as Somerleyton Park and Heveningham Hall, both Grade II* listed.

The five remaining protected areas in East Suffolk are Campsey Ashe Park, Felixstowe Cliff Gardens and Town Hall Garden, Glemham Hall, Bawdsey Manor and Woodbridge Cemetery.

Now Historic England and the Gardens Trust want to hear about wonderful public and private designed landscapes in the county that should be protected and celebrated and added to the list, especially urban and suburban gardens, commercial sites, institutional landscapes and post-war designed landscapes. .

Henham Park where the Latitude Festival will take place.  Photo: Danielle Boden

Henham Park, home of Latitude Festival
– Credit: Danielle Boden

Without protection, some of these green spaces may be vulnerable to loss, degradation or inappropriate development proposals.

Christopher Laine, Landscape Architect for Historic England, said: “With the help of local people, this fantastic project will help us learn more about Suffolk’s historic designed landscapes.

“I can’t wait to hear about the parks, gardens and green spaces in Suffolk that people love.

“I’m sure we will discover hidden historical gems that need protection and support.”

The warm weather highlights the idyllic scene across Somerleyton Pond.Photo: Nick Butc

Somerleyton Gardens
– Credit: Nick Butcher

Historic England has provided a grant of £36,000 for the project and will work with the Gardens Trust for its delivery.

Karina Flynn, Suffolk Volunteer Support Manager for the Gardens Trust, said: “This project aims to encourage communities across Suffolk to help protect historic outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy.

“We look forward to partnering with individuals, groups and organizations who value their local parks and gardens.

“Volunteers are essential to this project, as with all the work of the Gardens Trust, so we really encourage people to get involved and share their local knowledge.”

For more information about participating in the project, email Sally Bate at [email protected] or Karina Flynn at [email protected]