Our team have worked for a range of landowners where public access is both allowed and an integral part of the commercial offering. Our experience of working within the National Trust and the Forestry Commission’s public estate gives us an underpinning knowledge that can be used for your benefit. Advice can be based around informal access, or more commercial ventures including sites with admission, car parking charging and potential incomes from shops and plant sales.
Examples of work have included:
- Reviewing access and interpretation around the Dartmoor village of Postbridge, in support of a successful Heritage Lottery Fund application
- A range of contracts to improve the gardens of Leeds Castle
- Guiding the development of the Garden House, Buckland Monachorum
- We also work with Resources for Change a company which specialises in community engagement, audience development work and project evaluation
We consulted widely locally to draw together a range of issues to seek to increase dwell time in the village and immediate area. Proposals included greater co-ordination of published walks and improved interpretation, and formed part of a successful stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund bid, now being implemented through the “Moor than meets the eye” partnership project.
The Garden House is a small independent garden charity with a 10 acre garden designed to a very high standard. As Chair of the Trustees, Matt Jackson has introduced a number of new measures to ensure long term sustainability, including a staff review and new financial goals and income streams. Change has led to a charity set for financial stability, improved conservation and enhanced visitor enjoyment.
Land and Heritage have produced a feasibility study and outline plans for a new market garden. The garden will provide vegetables and flowers for use on site and external sale, increasing the Castle’s income and profitability while also enhancing the visitor experience.