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  • Do you own or manage historic buildings, parks, gardens or countryside sites open to the public?

  • Are you confident that you have adequately assessed the risks to your staff and your visitors and have safety measures in place that are reasonable and proportionate?

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

  • Do 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 2022/3?

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 over 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:

                             Recent visits

25-26 Feb National Coal Mining Museum, West Yorkshire


18 May    Crow's Hall, Suffolk

19 May    Castle Rising, Norfolk

20 May   Sandringham Castle, Norfolk

21 May    RSPB Titchwell, Norfolk

22 May   Holkham Hall, Norfolk

23 May   Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire

24 May   Hagley Park, Worcestershire

20 Jul      RHS Show Tatton Park, Cheshire

30 July   Carolside, Berwickshire

26 Aug   Floors Castle, Roxburghshire

6-7 Sep  Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare

10 Sep   Florence Court, Co. Fermanagh

29 Sep   Malleny Garden, Edinburgh

01 Oct    Flanders Moss NNR, Perthshire

01 Oct    Doune Castle, Perthshire

03 Oct   Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire

04 Oct   City Art Gallery, Aberdeen

05 Oct   Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire

17 Nov    Blackwell, Cumbria




Recent places


Doune Castle, Perthshire


Carolside, Berwickshire


Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare


Malleny Garden, Edinburgh


Florence Court, Co. Fermanagh


Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare


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

historic buildings, parks, gardens, coast and countryside


Welcome to this

 website on visitor

 and occupational      safety issues in the historic built environment and countryside



Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire

Dunnottar Castle


5th October 2022


 ©  Mark Daniels 2022

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