This site is managed by Linden Groves, a qualified landscape historian and mum-of-three with a determination to give the historic outdoors a small place in every child’s heart.
Take a look at some of the playful things that Linden has done:
- Consultant for English Heritage to devise play and interpretation offer for families at Battle Abbey and Walmer Castle.
- Consultant for Chiswick House on approaches to children's play.
- Groundbreaking schools workshops' at Warley Woods in the Black Country on researching the historic park and applying heritage values and significance.
- Teaching at the University of Oxford (Rewley House) on engaging, children, families and excluded groups.
- Article in Historic Gardens Review on the surprising similarities between Peppa Pig World and the Capability Brown landscape at its home in Paultons Park.
- Workshop for English Heritage property staff on ways of approaching children's provision in their gardens.
- ‘Children in Gardens’ – research report for the National Trust on ways in
which children played historically in their parks and gardens, and how this could be used to inspire visitor experiences today.
- ‘A History of Playgrounds in Public Parks’ – research report for English Heritage on the development of playgrounds.
- Trustee of the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, helping to run Wicksteed Park as one of the most important places in the story of children's play worldwide.
- ‘Play Facilities’ - Planning Conservation Advice Note for The Garden History Society, giving guidance on how to minimise the detrimental effects of play equipment on
- 'History of Children's Play in the Royal Parks' research report for the Royal Parks Agency.
- ‘Beyond the Playground’ – an influential campaign for The Garden History Society to inspire
garden owners and managers to take new approaches to child visitors.
Successful children's play sessions in historic gardens from Strawberry Hill to Burgess Park to Fenton House to engage children with historic designed landscapes, as Hahahopscotch.
Authored article on children's play in historic gardens open to the public for English Heritage's Conservation Bulletin.
- ‘Child’s Play’ – article for international magazine Historic Gardens Review on Charles Wicksteed, the pioneer of children’s play equipment.
- Play consultant for the Wicksteed Park Conservation Management Plan, 2012 (Sarah Couch Historic Landscapes).
- Views article – article for the National Trust’s in-house journal, setting out a new way of approaching children’s visitor experiences.
- Articles of play ideas for Ham & High newspaper's parenting pages.
- Headed an award-winning project to establish a family gardening ethos at an urban school (‘Award of Merit’ in the Sunday Telegraph/Conservation Foundation ‘Gardening Against the Odds’
Schools workshops to introduce London children to John Evelyn and his 17th century garden at Sayes Court.
Produced Experiencing Arcadia, with Clare Hickman, to encourage a more immersive approach to garden visits using digital media.
Linden is currently working on a book on the history of playgrounds, for the University of Liverpool Press.
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Click here to download Linden's article for National Trust's Views magazine on approaches to children's play
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