Our work

Conservation projects

World Heritage Site status

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In 1986 we became a World Heritage Site. This means that we have to preserve the site for future generations to enjoy. We have a management plan to guide the conservation and care of the estate.

This is how the garden should look once the project is completed © Steve Tomlinson

This is how the garden should look once the project is completed

Restoration of an 18th-century garden feature

Last year we began a 30-year project to restore an 18th-century garden feature known as a bosquet, helping to bring the garden back to its 1781 heyday and reflecting John Aislabie’s earlier works and his son William Aislabie’s later additions.

This moment in time has been identified in our World Heritage Site management plan as the period to shape our landscape conservation around.

What is a bosquet?

You can see how the bosquets looked in the garden

A bosquet is a group of trees planted in a straight line or geometric shape, often surrounded by hedges or paths of gravel.

This element of garden design was influenced by late 17th-century French fashions and used throughout the garden at Studley with English yew used as the hedging plant.

This key garden feature has been lost over time at Studley as the yew trees have become overgrown and unstable.

Spring - Autumn 2012

Work will continue on this project for the next 30 years

Work started in the garden. We saved as many of the existing trees as possible, but had to fell some trees which had become unstable and overgrown.

We began reshaping the land and repairing the eighteenth century culverts which have been damaged by flooding.

Towards the end of summer and into autumn we started to prepare the land for new planting.

Summer 2013

This phase of the project is due for completion in spring 2013

We'll start planting the new yew trees which have been growing in Johnsons nursery in Whixley.

Look out for more updates coming soon.