Carol Adams to lead Capability Brown landscape restoration at Trentham

Garden designer and former lecturer Carol Adams has been hired as gardens team leader at The Trentham Estate, as the gardens prepare for the national Capability Brown tercentenary celebrations.

Carol Adams. Image: Supplied
Carol Adams. Image: Supplied

Adams' creative designs have previously caught the eye of RHS judges at the BBC Gardeners' World Show, where her Girl Guide Show Garden design won Gold and Best In Show.

Formerly a lecturer in garden design at Reaseheath College, Adams has also led staff and students to medal victories and was presented with an award for her outstanding contribution to the college's success.

She now joins the team at the St. Modwen-owned Trentham Estate as their garden team manager, where she will play a key role in work on the estate to restore Brown's lost landscape at Trentham in time for the 300-year celebrations in 2016.

The gardens feature the UK’s first ‘barefoot’ walk, a children’s adventure play area and maze and a beautiful walk around the mile long lake, originally laid out by Lancelot "Capability" Brown in the 18th Century. They also include Italianate gardens designed by Charles Barry in the 1830s.

Head of garden and estate Michael Walker said: "We are delighted that Carol has joined us as garden team manager.

"I have known Carol for a number of years in association with her work at Reaseheath and for her involvement with Girl Guiding, where she has shown her understanding of horticulture and her exceptional creativity as a designer.

"She joins us during exciting times as we push forward with wonderful new schemes to reveal Capability Brown's historic landscape, and as we add rich new plantings in conjunction with Nigel Dunnett from the University of Sheffield.

"Our garden team also maintains our iconic perennial plantings designed by Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf, which have positioned Trentham among the top must see gardens in the UK."

The 725-acre Trentham Estate was previously owned for over 400 years by the Dukes of Sutherland, and has undergone a massive regeneration programme since 2003.

Trentham Gardens at the heart of the Estate welcomed 480,000 paying visitors in 2014, making them one of the most visited Gardens in the UK. They were also named the UK's "Garden of the Year" in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015.

Adams said: "I'm excited to be joining Trentham at such a historically significant time. Their talented gardeners have worked incredibly hard to restore Brown's legacy, and it's their commitment which has established Trentham Gardens as one of the country's top leisure destinations.

"I hope my knowledge and expertise will help Trentham to continue to thrive – and grow, it is such a privilege to be able to work in such an inspiring landscape."

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