The Berrington Garden Project

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. This curved garden was previously used as a livestock holding facility by the tenant farmer.

While the garden project is on pause for now, we are embarking on urgent conservation work in the curved garden from 28 October thanks to the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund. Read the updates below to find out more. 

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

17 Mar 21

Restoration work continues after national pandemic

The national pandemic meant the project was paused for the rest of 2020 but the team were thrilled to pick up from where the project was left this March 2021. Working closely with archaeologists to avoid any unnecessary damage, contractors have sensitively removed the final remaining structure, known as the Dutch Barn, thought to date from around 1928, from within the centre of the curved section. With the final structure sensitively removed this now leaves he garden a blank canvas for us to revive and reimagine over the coming years, as we create a twenty-first century vision for an eighteenth-century garden.

Machinery inside the garden aid the removal of the Dutch Barn

16 Nov 20

Repair work and conservation of curved garden walls

From 16 November until mid-March 2021, we're beginning urgent repair work and conservation of the curved garden walls. This work will be taking place inside the curved garden itself, but you will be able to see some of the brick work repairs in action. This urgent conservation work will preserve the original eighteenth century bricks and conserve this historically significant garden for the local community and future generations. The wider garden project is on pause for now, but this vital element of the conservation work has been made possible by the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund. We're very grateful to DCMS for supporting this project and allowing us to save 'Capability' Brown's final curved walled garden and the only one of its kind to survive the centuries intact.

Georgian red bricks within the curved section

28 Oct 20

Sensitive deconstruction of former farmyard buildings

From Wednesday 28 October, work will begin to carefully and sensitively deconstruct the existing and former farmyard buildings in the curved walled garden. These buildings are having a detrimental impact on the original eighteenth century curved wall. This work is necessary to ensure the brickwork does not continue to deteriorate and that this internationally significant garden is preserved for generations to come. This work will continue until mid-November. The wider garden project is on pause for now, but this vital element of the conservation work has been made possible by the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund. We're very grateful to DCMS for supporting this project and allowing us to save 'Capability' Brown's final curved walled garden and the only one of its kind to survive the centuries intact.

A digger within the curved section