The garden vision at Beningbrough


We are proud to announce that award winning landscape and garden designer Andy Sturgeon has been appointed by the National Trust to help revitalise the gardens.

Celebrating 300 years of change

2016 marked the 300th anniversary of Beningbrough Hall and in celebration of this historic milestone Andy was set the task of creating a long term plan to refresh, improve, and in some areas re-invent the eight acre garden.

Through the combined talents of Andy and our own dedicated garden team at Beningbrough, the creation of a new long term design vision will ensure it is a garden that delights and inspires visitors for many years to come.

Who is Andy Sturgeon?

Andy is one of the UK's leading landscape designers with over 30 years’ experience and a plethora of awards including eight RHS Gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show as well as the prestigious Best in Show accolade three times including for his show garden in 2019.

Both The Sunday Times, and House and Garden Magazine placed Andy in the top ten list of designers in Britain, positioning him at the top of his field.

He is also no stranger to reviving historic spaces, amongst his recent commissions are the spectacular 2.5 acre roof garden adorning the roof of the iconic Battersea Power Station and a temporary instalment within the medieval Piazza Vecchia in Bergamo, Italy.

See more about Andy Sturgeon and his work.

" I am genuinely excited to be working with the National Trust and I am really looking forward to developing these already spectacular gardens over the coming years… our commission at Beningbrough recognises our passion and ability for these long term historic projects."
- Andy Sturgeon

The changing face of the gardens

The gardens at Beningbrough are no stranger to change, having been treated to redevelopment by its various masters and their differing tastes and the fashions of the time.

From the avenues of the first formalised garden on site in the seventeenth century to its deconstruction to suit the popular designs akin to those of ‘Capability’ Brown in the eighteenth century, the garden has never stood still for long.

Little detail is known about the specifics of the gardens of the past. Consequently, unlike many other National Trust properties the gardens cannot be tied to a certain era or design, allowing Andy and his team a certain amount of creative freedom to develop areas of the garden that some visitors may be less familiar with. 

The future

Throughout the design and implementation of the new vision - historic views will be maintained and improved, new planting schemes will be created and some areas will be re-invented. Whilst not all areas of the garden will be changed, Andy’s approach to the landscape will ensure that all areas of the garden are cohesive and inkeeping with everything else we have to offer at Beningbrough. 

The tender and designs were only started after a thorough conservation management plan was completed to determine different factors for consideration around the garden.


The Pergola at Beningbrough

The first new garden from Andy Sturgeon's long term vision for Beningbrough was officially opened in June 2018. Hear more about the creation of this tranquil spot from Andy and the garden team.

Latest updates


Take a bit of Beningbrough home

As part of the preparation for the new Mediterranean Garden - there's a great deal of unpicking ahead of recreating. During a visit on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 October 2019, 11am-4pm, get stuck in and help to lift some of the plants currently in that area. For a donation to the National Trust you could take some of your hard work home for your own green space. No need to book, just drop in for as long or as little as you want. To really get involved wear suitable clothing and footwear for all weathers.

A man and three women gardening

21 Jun 19

Planning for the Mediterranean Garden

The next phase of the garden development will be the largest new garden to date. In preparation, landscapers are being interviewed and the gardens team are growing as many plants as they can in-house; the rest are being sourced from peat-free suppliers. The plan is currently for work to start removing the lawn and old plants from November, the paths and water feature will start to go in from late April 2020 and planting will continue as soon as possible thereafter. Throughout the year this area will be transformed from predominantly lawn to a beautiful pocket of the Mediterranean, created to complement the Italian-inspired baroque hall.

Artist impression showing planting and pathways

01 May 19

The Pergola one year on

Gardeners each year gravitate to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for inspiration and we're thrilled that Andy Sturgeon won another Gold Award and Best in Show. One year on and Beningbrough has its very own show garden with the Pergola; planted to Chelsea standards in 2018 means it's full and mature right now. The yew topiary will be kept trim at their current size and the striking Iris 'Sable' will be lifted and divided to keep in proportion for next season.

Flowering borders under oak beams with a red bricked house in the background