From its inception, the Australian Garden History Society set out to be a conservationist group, concerned for the protection and good care of Australia’s historic gardens to ensure their future.
Forty years on, we have ‘jumped the garden fence’ expanding our concern for and interest in landscapes which might be designed such as a city park or streetscape, evolving such as orcharding or grazing farmland or cultural such as Uluru – Kata-Tjuta / Ayers Rock and the Olgas having been actively managed by Anangu Aboriginal people for millennia.
We advocate to see the best conservation practices applied to gardens and landscapes as an equal ‘type’ of heritage, to buildings, archaeology or museum or gallery artefacts and strongly encourage the use of industry standards and best-practice guidelines, such as the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter for Places of Cultural Significance.
If you are concerned or would like advice about a historic garden or cultural landscape, please feel free to contact our national office or one of our regional branches for guidance or support.
For examples of current advocacy work that AGHS is involved in see Garden History Now – Advocacy.