It’s been a year since I first wrote this article and it’s been a busy one. As I write this the garden is open again so it feels like business as usual, welcoming people through the gates again albeit for a very different experience to that in early 2015. We’ve been improving the garden where we can; changing paths to suit the new visitor offer, taking down hedges, planting bulbs and removing yew trees from the grotto. This essential the work around the Grotto took place so that it will be more visible and to stop roots from undermining the stonework. The garden team has been called on to help tame weeds and keep the grass down under the scaffold, but mainly our role has been to keep the garden up to the standards expected. With different ideas still being considered for the future of the house and garden our role has been one of maintenance rather than the dramatic changes seen in the house. I’ve been organising replacement coping stones for the Dutch garden as this feature will stay in place whatever changes may come to other areas. The stone has been sourced and is being cut from the quarry; it should be installed in the next few months.
A view from the Clandon Park garden team
Senior Gardener Dan Bennett reflects on the past few months caring for the garden at Clandon Park. Much has changed in the garden, as has the role of gardener since the fire in April. In recent weeks the garden team have begun to return to everyday tasks, including replanting the parterre, right next to the shell of the house.
" You focus on the house and it all seems quite surreal."