Returning Hidcote to its heyday
After ten years of hard work and an investment of £3.5 million, we're nearing the end of our restoration programme.
Much of the work - such as new sewers and electricity supplies - can't be seen. But the visible parts have been spectacular. Johnston's plant house has been recreated, the bathing pool rebuilt and planting schemes returned.
The bulb slope
Back in 2011 we began work on the bulb slope - one of the last areas we need to restore to bring Lawrence Johnston's vision to life.
We prepared the slope so that it was ready for an exciting new planting scheme. The ground-covering periwinkle, which had long been a feature of this area, was treated and cleared by our team of gardeners.
The project has taken a little longer than we thought. However, with the help of Sheffield University, the gardeners have started to recreate an alpine meadow using plants that like shady conditions. We'll also be planting thousands of bulbs - just like Johnston planned.
- Restored several hundred metres of original stone pathways
- Recreated the kitchen garden which grows produce for our restaurant
- Conserved most of the metal work around the garden
- Rebuilt the East Court Garden to Johnston's original design
- Redesigned the drawing room in the house to how it might have looked
- Restored Lawrence Johnston's tennis court
- Introduced rainwater harvesting to help irrigate the garden
- Experimented with sports turf technology to strengthen the grass
- Re-lined the lily pool and created a habitat for rare newts
- Bought a composting machine so we can recycle food waste
- Built new visitor facilities, including toilets and places to eat