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Published in Scientific Papers. Series B, Horticulture, Volume LX
Written by Smaranda COMĂNESCU, Violeta RĂDUCAN

In Romania historical garden conservation is a new discipline. Often the professionals involved in this process have to rely on their own intuition or on case studies of projects undertaken in countries with a richer tradition in this field. It is obvious that a unitary and professional approach is needed. We propose in the present study a possible methodology for approaching the conservation process, based mainly on the rich experience of the English National Trust. In the first part, this study will attempt to draw from this accumulated knowledge a set of principles, which is by no means exhaustive, and does not represent a guarantee for successful conservation. Rather, this is a list of procedures which have become widely established in England. They have been verified by experience, and can be adapted to a new context. The approach to conservation can and does vary, depending upon the subject of study, and its context as the practice of the National Trust proves. The second part of the study deals with the way these principles have been adopted, adapted and applied on a school project during the Historic Garden Restoration classes at the USAMV Landscape Architecture department. The methodology of working with the students on a conservation project involving the regeneration of the Florești Estate focused on those procedures which would help the students develop the basic skills needed when dealing with a heritage asset.

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