Conservation projects

Last year our chapel and gazebos in the garden were restored back to their former glory. This year our Plant House - a modern recreation of Lawrence Johnston's original building - and our tennis court are both being renovated signaling the start of some important conservation projects at Hidcote.

Plant House

What's happening to the Plant House?

Our Plant House is a modern recreation of the building we know Lawrence Johnston built in the garden to protect some of his more tender plants.We have been monitoring the deterioration of the structure and have installed structural steel supports and brackets to ensure the main beams remain secure.

Recent strong winds (up to 60mph this winter) along with rain and heavy snow have led us to assess the safety of the structure for staff and visitors as some panes have blown off, others have fallen inwards, and many had slipped down.

To ensure the safety of everyone we have decided to remove the glass from the roof. The continued gradual deterioration of the whole building means this is an inevitable stage in the future and so we have opted to do it now before a significant collapse or “blow out” occurs. We are removing the rotten glazing bars, adding some additional puli’s and covering the roof with sheeting to protect the valuable plant collection below.

How can I support the renovation of the Plant House?

Manoy of our visitors take great joy from the Plant House and throughout the year we are able to host a limited amount of wedding ceremonies in this special building. Please get in touch with Michelle Bailey at michelle.bailey@nationaltrust.org.uk if you would like to support us in renovating the Plant House.