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 and could not be accessed by visitors until July 2019.

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

20 Apr 20

Demolition of structures within the curved walled garden

In April 2020 we will begin to remove the agricultural structures and barns in the rare curved section of the walled garden. We need to do this because “the significance and appearance of the curved wall are seriously compromised by lean-to agricultural structures built against the inner curve” (Tim Ratcliff). These structures are having a detrimental impact on the original and extremely rare 18th century curved walled garden designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. Whilst this demolition work is happening, the curved walled garden will need to be closed as the demolition work will be dangerous, however, you will be able to see the work taking place from a designated viewing area.

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

01 Jan 20

Planning begins for the design of the flower garden

We’re currently in the process of drawing up detailed designs for the flower garden and laurel walk, which is the area near the fountain around the yew bush path. Following the conservation management plan, we aim to open up the view from the stables down to the Triumphal Arch, continue the wisteria walkway, design flower beds and supports, make path improvements to realign the path network and revive the eighteenth century vision of Berrington Hall, and incorporate the yew balls into the planting scheme to create an enclosure of the flower garden.

A view of Berrington Hall from the garden with yew bushes shaped into balls

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