The Berrington Garden Project

A birds eye view of the new design layout of the walled garden

Berrington Hall is a set piece of 'Capability' Brown design. Recent research into the walled gardens and pleasure grounds has revealed the rarity and significance of this part of the grounds.

A particularly significant part of the garden is the curved walled garden built in 1783 to ‘Capability’ Brown’s original design. The curved aspect of the garden is currently used as a livestock holding facility and cannot currently be accessed by visitors.

The team at Berrington have embarked on a project that will open up this space to everyone and will conserve the gardens for future generations.

This is a visual of how the garden could look if the project is successful
A wide shot of Berrington walled garden with the new style and layout
This is a visual of how the garden could look if the project is successful

We have been combining findings from reports such as the recent 2017 Wessex Archaeology report with other findings, such as the James Crummer papers from the Hergest Croft Archive. All of this information is giving us an idea of how 'Capability' Brown intended Berrington to look.

This project update is designed to keep you informed and up to date with the latest developments, progress and occasional discoveries associated with this project.

Latest updates

06 Jul 19

Curved section revealed to visitors

We’re currently fundraising to restore the curved section of the walled garden, which is a rare survivor of Georgian garden design; the only one of its kind soon to be open to the public. From 6 July, you’ll be able to enter the curved garden and see creative temporary planting that seems to ‘take over’ the remaining farm buildings. Subtropical-style plants, including cannas, Japanese bananas, gunneras and pineapple lillies (evidence shows pineapples were once grown here), will create drama alongside produce such as pumpkins, squashes, courgettes, tomatoes and beans, which reflect the area’s historic use as a productive garden.

The main pathway to the front of the mansion

23 May 19

Preparing the curved section

In May 2019, the rare curved section will come back into the care of the National Trust; for around 100 years, this area has been used as a livestock area by a tenant farmer, the Cawley family. This means that the garden team are incredibly busy preparing their horticultural displays to fill the section. The theme focuses on nature and the gardens taking back over this rare and significant part of Berrington's Walled Garden. Preparations include using hay bales as planters, ensuring we have enough compost, working with partners such as the Westfield School to helping with planting and much more. Will you be joining us on the 6 July to come and see this curved section as it is revealed.

Hay bales stacked up in a dutch barn

01 May 19

Westfield school progress

As the Berrington Garden Project continues we are increasingly working with Westfield School students to develop the gardens offer for visitors. During one of their latest visits the students managed to complete a wooden 'stepping-stone' pathway and they installed a willow tunnel in the natural play area. Installations to the gardens such as these are made more achievable with the support the students. By teaching the them a diverse range of gardening techniques such as these, not only do the students learn invaluable skills and develop their own connection to Berrington, but the Gardening Team are able to tackle their ever-growing workload in support of the project.

Three students watching the Gardener as he puts a log stepping stone into the ground