Designed landscapes were created during the 17th and 18th centuries around castles and large country houses of the landowning elite. Not all have survived. In some instances the inherent value of aesthetic pleasure gave way in the 19th and 20th centuries to financial pressures, with fields being created from former parkland. Nowadays these are usually used as arable land.
The designed landscape immediately around Galloway House in Galloway survives but the parkland has been subdivided into fields which are now cultivated. Nevertheless a few of the specimen trees and roundels survive. Historical OS maps sometimes show these areas as shaded open ground, symbolising parkland, so when used alongside current OS maps and recent vertical photography the type is evident.