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Historic parks and gardens


Historic parks and gardens are an important part of our heritage. They represent where man has intervened in the natural environment, producing a designed landscape. Being within Kent, the 'Garden of England', this borough has a particular wealth of these features.

Our planning policies help safeguard historic parks and gardens that lie within the borough. The following links direct you to relevant policies if you wish to make an application for development within an historic park or garden:

Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens

The Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens and other land of special historic interest in Tunbridge Wells can be found below. You can search their website to find information about why and how the register is compiled.

RefSiteGrade
1171 Bayham Abbey II
1929 Bedgebury National Pinetum II
1102 Benenden School II
1181 Calverley Park and Calverley Grounds II
5127 Dunorlan Park II
1930 Groombridge Place II*
2311 Hartridge House II
2323 Mabledon II
1084 Scotney Castle I
1086 Sissinghurst Castle I
1938 Sissinghurst Court II
1340 Somerhill II
2301 Swaylands II
5182 Woodbury Park Cemetery II

Historic parks and gardens are an important part of our heritage. They represent where man has intervened in the natural environment, producing a designed landscape. Being within 'the Garden of England', this Borough has a particular wealth of these features as well as in the whole south-east region.

Kent Compendium of Historic Parks and Gardens

The Kent Compendium of Historic Parks and Gardens for Tunbridge Wells holds details of any parks and gardens in the Tunbridge Wells borough that have been highlighted as being of historic interest.

A review of the Kent Compendium of Historic Parks and Gardens for Tunbridge Wells borough was carried out in 2010, details of which can be found below.


All of the reports can be found here.

The fact that a garden is included in the register or Kent Compendium does not mean, however, that there is any public right of access unless it is separately advertised by the owner as being open to the public.