HISTORIC ENVIRONMENTS & REGENERATION
Our combined specialisms in garden
history and landscape design provide
us with the expertise and knowledge to improve and enhance heritage landscapes, not only in managing historic restorations and recreations, but also by the sensitive introduction of contemporary designs into historic sites.
We also prepare analysis documents and written management reports for planning purposes and longer-term development projects.
We work in a variety of historic settings, including local authority parks and public and private landscapes.
Hampton Court Privy Garden, Surrey
An accurate recreation of the 1702 Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace took place in 1995 and is acknowledged as one of the most important garden history projects of recent years.
Painstaking archival and archaeological research identified not only the original planting positions but also the species that grew in the original garden. We sourced and managed the contract growing of new plant material that makes such an invaluable contribution to the authenticity of the recreated garden.
Battersea Park Sub-Tropical Garden
This famous public park was originally designed in 1845 by James Pennethorne, but mostly developed in 1854 by John Gibson when it was first opened to the public. Restoration work funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund was carried out between 2000 and 2004. We sourced, prepared, supplied and planted over £200k of plants to the proect, including 88 box-headed lime trees to replace those in the original Lime Avenue and all exotics and bedding plants in the Sub-Tropical Garden.
Kingswood Warren, Surrey
In 2009 we were appointed by Octagon Developments as Landscape Consultants for the 19 acre historic gardens at Kingswood Warren.
Previously used by the BBC as a research facility, the Victorian mansion and gardens had become rather institutionalised in character and appearance.
The purchase, albeit for development, provided opportunity to upgrade the landscape in terms of aesthetic and environmental value, and has also allowed public access to the parkland for the first time in 40 years.
Private garden, Oxford
This North Oxford merchant's house dates back to 1829. Our client purchased it with the intention of restoring house and gardens.
With assistance from Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, an historic study was developed and consent sought for the garden restoration that was to be sympathetic to the original character but with modern interpretation. Terraces were gently re-graded, stone steps restored and colonial style planting re-established using hardy palms and plants with large and exotic foliage.