Historic Gardens Consultant




Monmouthshire, Wales, North Somerset, Wye Valley, South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Cotswolds.


Historic Gardens & Landscapes

Creative Director

Gareth Edwards

Victorian grove and exhedra

A rare combination of hands-on experience and academic training, Gareth can advise on all aspects of historic garden design, maintenance, restoration, & management.

To implement good management & maintenance conservation practices, to guide changes to your heritage asset, first you must have a well-informed and thorough understanding of its natural and cultural heritage. Managing change both to buildings and landscapes should always be guided by understanding their significance:

“that which makes a place unique, distinctive, important or of special merit by comparison with other places”.

100 year old Yew hedges, the significance and design of early 20th century water features, the grafting and re-planting of heritage fruit cultivars, dealing with pests and diseases, advising on suitable planting schemes; practical solutions for all horticultural issues. Gareth’s specialism in the history of garden design, the Conservation of Historic Gardens & Cultural Landscapes is grounded in his 3 decades experience working in natural & designed landscapes; recognising significance and understanding how to manage and conserve.

If your site is a recognised heritage asset any application to make changes would need an accompanying statement of significance or, depending on the scale and complexity of any proposed changes, a Conservation Management Plan or Heritage Statement. The degree of investigation and analysis is always proportionate to the scale and complexity of your heritage asset and any proposed changes.

Statements of Significance

Expert Horticultural Consultant

Site Survey & Analysis

Archive Research

Restoration & Renovation

Design & Maintenance

Legislation & Planning

Historic Landscape Management & Maintenance Plans

Gareth’s specialist area as an historic gardens consultant is founded on many years of the day to day practical work in historic gardens in combination with industry leading academic qualifications. With a background in field botany, ecological survey and environmental impact assessment, Gareth switched allegiances to the world of horticulture. Having worked his way up from apprentice gardener, Gareth is now responsible for the management & maintenance of a number of historic gardens of local and national significance. This responsibility covers both the day to day tasks of  routine maintenance, budgeting for these essential tasks, and knowing what and how to achieve specific goals.