MARK DANIELS  -  Adviser on visitor and occupational health and safety at

historic buildings, parks, gardens, coast and countryside


 ©  Mark Daniels 2020

I work as an independent safety adviser specialising in visitor safety management in countryside and coastal environments and at parks, gardens, historic buildings and structures. I also cover occupational safety and health in these settings, and in the rural, conservation and  charitable sectors. Complying with your legal duties under health and safety legislation whilst at the same time ensuring that the historic or special qualities of your land and buildings are not adversely affected by safety measures is not easy - it requires careful consideration and judgements to find the right balance. I can draw on 30 years' experience as a qualified safety practitioner and manager, most of which was spent leading the health and safety function in the National Trust, one of the country’s largest conservation charities. I hope I can help you to find practical solutions and give you the confidence to make the right decisions.  


Please explore the links on this page to see different sections of this website, and get in touch if you think my expertise could be of help or interest to you - please e-mail me at:

[email protected]


Welcome to this

 website on visitor

 and occupational      safety issues in the historic built environment and countryside

  • Do you own or manage historic buildings, parks, gardens or

         countryside sites that you open to the public?


  • Are you confident that you have adequately assessed the risks to your

          employees and your visitors and have safety measures in place that are

          reasonable and proportionate?


  • Do you think you have the right balance between safety and other objectives, e.g. conservation, public access or the visitor experience?


  • Do you think you have the right balance between the responsibility of the land owner/manager and the personal responsibility of the visitor?


  • Are all your assessments and safety arrangements in place for 2021?


  • Is your system for managing safety robust and fit for purpose?  How do

          you know this?

                              Recent visits


11 Feb      St John's Point Lighthouse, Co. Down

12 Feb    Fanad Head Lighthouse, Co Donegal

13 Feb    St John's Point Lighthouse, Co. Donegal


10 Mar    Dungeness, Kent


09 May  Stichill Linn, Scottish Borders


06 Jul     Abbotsford Gardens, Scottish Borders

14 Jul       Priorwood Garden, Melrose (NTS)


20 Oct   Abbotsford Gardens, Scottish Borders


11 Nov     Dawyck Botanic Garden, Scottish Borders


22 Feb    Hume Castle, Scottish Borders




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Abbotsford, Scottish Borders


Dawyck Botanical Garden, Scottish Borders

Stichill Linn, Scottish Borders

Hume Castle,

Scottish Borders,

22nd February 2021

Dawyck Botanical Garden, Scottish Borders

Abbotsford, Scottish Borders


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