Restoring the curved walled garden at Berrington Hall

A view of the curved walled garden at Berrington Hall from a drone

Thanks to our supporters, we're now able to begin the urgent restoration work needed to the original eighteenth-century walls within the curved garden; 'Capability' Brown's final masterpiece and the only one of its kind to survive the centuries intact. Read on to discover more about the work we're carrying out in 2020.

Berrington’s walled garden and pleasure grounds was the final landscape masterpiece of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Commissioned in 1775, the curved walled garden is the only one of its kind to survive and thanks to our supporters, we’re now able to begin the urgent restoration work needed to save this unique vestige of Georgian garden design.

What can I see now?

After serving as a home for livestock by the Cawley family for over 100 years, the curved walled garden came back into the care of the National Trust in May 2019. From early March 2020, step inside the curved garden to discover a creative spring bulb display, with daffodils and crocuses popping out of tyre and straw bale planters. This echoes the historic use of straw in both farmyards and horticulture. You can also discover more about the history of the space and our work to conserve it in one of the old barns.

As you'll discover below, restoration work will begin later in April, during which time the curved garden will have to closed for health and safety reasons, so catch the spring bulb display while you can. 

What's coming up?

From 20 April, work will begin to demolish the agricultural buildings and lean-tos in the curved garden, which are having a detrimental impact on the original brickwork. In May, the bricks which make up the curved walled garden will start to be restored and urgent repairs made to ensure this rare structure survives for generations to come. This is likely to take many weeks to complete. The curved garden will be closed during this time, but you’ll be able to see the work in action from a designated viewing area.

Plans are also underway to revive the lost flower garden and laurel walk which used to exist in the pleasure grounds near the yew bush bath and fountain. This will involve opening up views, moving paths, planting new flower beds and creating unique and innovative horticultural displays.

The rare curved walled garden at Berrington Hall
An aerial image of Berrington Hall and its curved walled garden
The rare curved walled garden at Berrington Hall

Come and see the project unfold on your next visit and rediscover the gardens, whether it’s for health and wellbeing or encountering enchanting seasonal displays co-created and developed with our community partners. We want to revive and reimagine the walled garden and pleasure grounds, developing the space to showcase creative arts, high horticulture and community engagement to create a 21st century vision for an 18th century garden. 

As a conservation charity, we rely on the support of our visitors to ensure that we can carry out these large scale projects to keep places like Berrington here for everyone, for ever. Speak to a member of the team about how you can get involved and support the project on your next visit.