Since May 2010 we have had known instances of Phytophthora ramorum breaking out in different parts of the garden. Our Rhododendron ponticum and Kalmia latifolia species have been particularly affected and measures have been taken to control the spread of the disease and minimise its impact on the landscape.
The river Ouse forms part of our wildlife haven and runs across the bottom of the parkland at the edge of the flood meadow. From the late 1700s onwards this area of land was gradually changed to accommodate the growth of industry in the region. The once gentle meanders across the meadow were straightened out and deepened creating a steep-sided river, which was more easily navigable by cargo vessels.
We are working with the Environment Agency and partner organisations to create a project looking at the restoration of the river to its natural configuration.
What are we working on in 2014?
- Ongoing innovation in planting, labelling and landscape design
- Developing historical planting
- Plant health mitigation and climate change
- Opening up and restoring historical vistas
- Restoration of historic woodland areas