The garden vision at Beningbrough

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Andy Sturgeon in the Pergola 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 in keeping 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.

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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

2022

Large infrastructure project in the hall

You might ask - what’s this got to do with the garden? Before the pandemic caused delays, the intention was the Mediterranean Garden would be completed in time for the hall infrastructure project. The hall needs a package of essential works including crucial electrical and fire protection improvements; it will be closed until summer 2023. So rather than add another building site to the estate, the Mediterranean Garden work is planned to resume from autumn 2023. For now, a further year of wildflowers will fill the emptied beds; looking beautiful and helping nature thrive.

Artist impression showing planting and pathways

01 Aug 21

Wildflower wow

Until building work starts to create the Mediterranean Garden, this part of the garden remains partial cleared. Hard to imagine but last year's wildflowers have been topped with a further sowing and are a delight for the eye. A feast of colour for visitors and nature alike. Despite being a temporary fixture, it's an area proving very popular and we love seeing photographs and comments of the impact it has as people share their day.

Long colourful border with the corner and roof of a hall in the background

14 Jul 21

What lies beneath?

When developing in a historic landscape there are archaeological processes to follow. The National Trust Regional Archaeologist is working with a team to investigate trenches in the area that will become the Mediterranean Garden. If there are discoveries, they are either removed, protected in situ and should the need arise, the plan will be changed to protect any significant finds.

Small mechanical digger over a trench on grass