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Conservation and Planning

Our conservation role has very close links with research. The more we understand what shaped our parks and gardens in the past, the better we can show the significance of what survives today.

Gardens are very vulnerable to change. They can last for centuries, and disappear slowly by neglect - or in a few days when the diggers move in.

There is strong development pressure across Bedfordshire, especially for new housing, on greenfield as well as brownfield sites. That pressure won’t go away. Conservation is about managing change, not trying to make the world stand still.