Clearing and restoring the planting in the Family Garden
Over time, the trees and shrubs planted by Francis Brocklehurst in the late-19th century, along with those planted by James Russell for Colonel Brocklehurst in the mid-20th century, became overgrown. This meant light wasn’t reaching the ground and much of the underplanting had been lost.
During 2019, the overgrowth in this area was removed or thinned back, opening up space and allowing more light to reach the ground. It has also revealed the ornamental brickwork on this side of the Walled Garden. The brickwork on the opposite side of the garden is plain, which shows that it was the back of house area used by the gardeners.
In 2020 the borders were re-planted the way they were intended, using the plants James Russell selected wherever possible and adding a new layer of planting inspired by the plans from 1960 onwards.