Westfield School at Berrington Hall
As part of the Berrington Garden Project we are inviting different groups throughout the community to come and join us and enjoy the gardens and pleasure grounds in their own way. We have recently been joined by Westfield School, who are based in Leominster.
Originally designed by ‘Capability’ Brown just over two hundred years ago, Berrington’s garden and pleasure grounds form part of Brown’s final landscape masterpiece.
We’ve embarked on an ambitious conservation project to restore Brown’s final design, but we also want to ensure the space remains relevant and accessible for all; a 21st century vision for an 18th century garden.
We’re therefore working in close collaboration with our community partners, including Westfield School, to make sure the vision for the garden is co-created and beneficial for the local community.
Westfield School is a Special School in Herefordshire for pupils with severe or complex learning difficulties between the ages of two and 19. At the beginning of this year, two sixth form students started volunteering with our garden team. During February, this expanded to a larger group who have been working on more complex projects, including creating stepping logs for the natural play area and opening up vistas in the parkland, all of which has directly supported the Berrington Garden Project.
Some of the work that the students from Westfield School have been doing is helping our Senior Gardener and his team of staff and volunteers cut back some of the laurel around the natural play area to open up views from the gardens out into the ‘Capability’ Brown-designed parkland. They’ve also created new paths out of woodchip to encourage visitors to explore different areas which will eventually become part of the formal gardens.
It’s been incredibly rewarding working in such close partnership with Westfield School and we really look forward to nurturing this collaborative approach as the project develops.