The Round Garden revival at Cliveden
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The restoration of the gardens at Cliveden has revealed many secrets, including a long-lost fruit garden - out of production since the 1950s. Our team is now working on a long-term project to bring it back to life.
A one-of-a-kind orchard
The Round Garden was laid out in the mid-19th century and is possibly the only surviving example in the UK of a circular fruit orchard from this period. It was highly ornamental - with apple, plum, cherry and pear trees growing up and over seven foot tall iron hoops arranged around and across the 250 foot diameter.
Once there were at least 500 trees here - plus soft fruits like strawberries, redcurrants and blackberries - providing fruit for the whole Cliveden estate.
What remains of the original trees?
The restoration project focuses on reviving the layout and atmosphere of the garden. Our first task saw us clear the site of undergrowth and identify varieties of heritage trees growing in the orchard - most of which were planted over 150 years ago.
Some of the original 230 hoops have been restored and combined with new ones to form a walkway around the garden. We're continuing to look after the veteran trees, as well as planting new local and heritage varieties.
Protecting our wildlife
Although the garden's fruit production has declined, wildlife has flourished and it's a haven for rare insects and fungi, plus bats and birds. While restoring the garden to give you a glimpse of how it may have looked, we're keen to ensure that wildlife continues to thrive.
The restoration project will take many years to complete but the Round Garden is only a short walk from the visitor car park, so why not drop by and see how we're getting on?