Craft Skills for Garden Conservation

Heritage gardens encapsulate a significant amount of the natural and cultural capital that sustains us during life: tranquility, beauty, productivity and biodiversity. Safeguarding these values require knowledge and skill.  Research and experience show that there is a growing shortage of people with the skills needed to look after the green outdoor spaces in Europe, particularly those with a complex horticultural history and content. Craft Skills for Garden Conservation aims to address those shortages by bolstering awareness, expertise and skills within the conservation of historical gardens as cultural heritage.

Finding and sharing best sustainable practice

With green spaces playing a major role in our health and well-being, it is important that we have the skills to maintain their values and beauty, protect them from climate change, as well as the knowledge of sustainable techniques to reduce carbon emissions whilst doing so. This Erasmus+ co-funded project aims to address this problem by finding and sharing best practice in the various fields of Garden Conservation:

  • Soil management 
  • Lawn and meadow cultivation 
  • Trained fruit in Kitchen gardens
  • Hedges and topiary cultivation
  • Ornamental plants
  • Trees 
  • Ponds and Fountains
  • Pathways and stone walls
  • Orangery plants

Overview project activities


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