Preserving the Past

SDS Gardens & Horticulture

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Preserving the Past

Depending on what you have inherited, you will have at least some of the following items – which we will scan, digitise, atomise and create a totally searchable “Living Database” from what was, in effect, dead data.

Every plan (buildings as well as land) will be secured in this way – as will every record that you can find detailing changes, additions, removals, intentions, costs and budgets. The entire history of your land and everything on it, as far back as can be found.

All, or most, of this data will be in hard copy format – and almost certainly there will be just one copy. The classic “single point of failure”: vulnerable to fire, flood, rodent and insect attack. Once we have digitised it, we will store the files in several servers on several sites – including in different countries (if you are happy with that) at no additional charge. You, of course, always retain full ownership of your Information.

But digitising brings other benefits, too. When you are thinking of changing anything (or wondering just why things are placed where they are) you will be able to browse, extremely quickly and easily, through the past of that specific area, and/or search for whatever aspect you wish. For a garden this could show specific soil types, drainage or flooding problems, previous buildings/foundations, longevity of earlier plantings. For an estate with different types of garden, and possibly a number of buildings, the same potential exists plus the additional features of detailed building changes and plans, walls, hedges, other boundaries and so on.

In addition, we would recommend the inclusion of every sculpture and artefact. Not only to preserve the history of each, but to capture its look and position within the landscape, and to act as a clear proof for insurance valuation purposes. In so doing you will have a full audit trail should items be stolen or damaged.

In all examples the future of your property rests on its past – and there is a real need to protect and preserve all of this detail for posterity.

Tablet showing digitised historic garden plans

In the same way that landowners in the past employed Capability Brown to design landscapes for future enjoyment, we have the modern responsibility of handing over not just what can be seen, but how it came to be and how best to look after it for future owners and occupiers.

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