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Historic parks and gardens

Parks and gardens of special historic interest are registered by English Heritage in a similar way to buildings of architectural or historic interest.

There are three parks and gardens of special historic interest in the Forest of Dean district:

Parks and gardens of special historic interest Grade
Clearwell Castle  Grade-II*
Flaxley Abbey Grade-I
Westbury Court    Grade-II*


Development is not permitted that adversely affects the character, setting, amenities, historical context or views within, into or from a park or garden of historic interest. Applications involving a park or garden of historic interest need consultation with English Heritage.

Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAMs)

In the Forest of Dean there are 88 nationally important archaeological sites known as SAMs.

Scheduled Monument Consent (SMC) is required before any works can be carried out which would have any material or visual impact upon a SAM or its setting. To find out more and apply visit:

Before submitting an application involving works to a SAM, you are strongly advised to discuss your proposals with both English Heritage and the County Archaeologist.