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Conservation of Gardens, Parks and Designed Landscapes

The course deals with the green cultural heritage – historic gardens, parks and designed landscape – management, conservation, care and possible restoration, in theory and in practice. The course will recount and describe the restoration history discourse concerning parks and gardens (buildings) during the past two centuries, the most important principles and methods, the leading personalities and typical constructions. The students will devise a concept for long-term conservation, upkeep and possible restoration of a historic garden in accordance with the articles of the Florence document (1981) and current existing practice for implementation of a maintenance programme. The students will argue, discuss and form opinions in speech and writing and are encourage to participating in the cultural heritage discourse concerning management of historic gardens. The course consists of a series of lectures and seminars, study visits, a major practical group assignment and a tour in Sweden.

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Academic year 2020/2021

Conservation of Gardens, Parks and Designed Landscapes (LK0381-M4041) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

LK0381 Conservation of Gardens, Parks and Designed Landscapes, 15.0 Credits

Bevarande av trädgårdar, parker och gestaltade landskap

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Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Second cycle

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits, of which

specific entry requirements: 90 credits in one of the following subjects:

• • architecture
• landscape architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• design
• spatial planning
• geography
• landscape science
• environmental science
• arts
• culture conservation
• archeaology


English 6 or equivalent.


The course provides an understanding of and knowledge of the field of conservation of gardens, parks and designed landscapes: theoretically, historically, legally, practically and artistically. The focus is on Swedish conditions in a European context.
After completion of the course, the student should be able to
• describe and account for the conservation discourse concerning parks, gardens and designed landscape (buildings) during the past two centuries, main principles, key figures, and significant sites
• understand, explain and apply key concepts concerning heritage legislation and the conservation and management of historic gardens, parks and designed landscapes
• analyze and discuss in speech and writing, participate in the discussion concerning the management of historic gardens in theory and practice
• devise a concept for conserving a historic garden, park or designed landscape in accordance with Swedish legislation, international conventions and policy documents and based on the methodology introduced at the course and the established practice for conservation plans; documentation, field studies and evaluation/assessment leading up to well-argued strategy proposals.


The course covers aspects relating to the conservation, use, care and possible restoration of historic gardens, parks and designed landscapes in theory and in practice. The course includes a series of lectures, a series of seminars, a major practical group assignment and visits to historic gardens with different conservation problems.

The emphasis is placed on the following constituent components:
• conservation ideology, history and principles
• concepts within the field
• Swedish cultural heritage legislation and international conventions and declarations
• Swedish and international civil engineering example (through lectures and/or field trips)
• conservation plans (content, purpose and implementation)
• research, including documentation and field studies
• presentation of the history of a garden, park and/or a designed landscape
• evaluation, assessment and presentation of proposals

Scheduled study visits, literature seminars and criticism (reviews) are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Participating teachers will evaluate the quality of oral seminar presentations and of written (scientific) group assignments. Students must actively participate in compulsory components.

  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Basic prior knowledge of garden history is recommended.
The course will take place every second year.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0230
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture- Master´s Programme Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp Horticultural Management Programme - Garden Design, Bachelor´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Second cycle
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0381 Application code: SLU-40041 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%