Historic Landscapes specialises in the research and management of historic parks and gardens. Principal Kate Felus collaborates with a range of specialists in related fields to cover all periods of designed landscapes, plus their associated archaeology, historic buildings, ecology and use. The team is therefore always bespoke to each project.
We believe in making historic landscapes work and in helping them to be relevant for the 21st century. We aim to help clients develop appropriate uses and imaginative solutions appropriate to the historic and ecological value of the site.
It is our belief that one must fully understand a whole site – its history and the significance of its surviving structure and component parts – before attempting to take its management forward, be that purist restoration, problem solving, or laying out new design.
We are equally committed to preserving and enhancing heritage and ecology, and in our experience the imperatives of both frequently go hand-in-hand.
We intend that our reports should be first and foremost working documents: an essential aid to good management. They should be useful, informative and easy to read; they should not end up collecting dust on a shelf.
Our methodology is a rigorous one, attempting to get below the surface of a site to fully understand it, regardless of scale or perceived significance. Our reports are all referenced with footnotes, clearly written and well illustrated.
We seek not to produce reports that merely tick boxes but studies that give new insights into the history and design of a site in order to move it forward.
To understand the landscape fully, we always carry out thorough surveys of both the site itself and the documentary sources pertaining to it.
When carrying out an assessment of a site it is always our practice to look at the whole of the historic landscape and its setting, not merely the ownership in question at the time.
Because projects often continue for several months, sometimes even years, it is our practice to keep the client appraised of discoveries, developments and progress by regular emails as well as scheduled personal meetings; this ensures continued enthusiasm for the project and makes for a good working relationship between client and consultant.