Job Done - Restoring grounds at Chiswick House & Gardens

Project: Landscape restoration
Client: Chiswick House & Gardens Trust
Contractor: UPM Tilhill
Value: £12.1m for house and grounds

Chiswick House & Gardens, the 26ha west London estate seen by many as one of the world's most important landscapes for its influence on garden design, is being restored in a project expected to run for nearly two years.

Main contractor UPM Tilhill won the go-ahead after the Heritage Lottery Fund issued a grant of almost £8m to restore the 18th-century grounds, designed by Lord Burlington and William Kent.

Paths, roads and paving winding through the site will be renewed or replaced, as will soft landscaping and plants. Statues, walls and gates will be restored and arborists will tidy up mature trees around the famous Palladian villa with landmark rotunda.

UPM Tilhill is working with English Heritage on the restoration and creation of new elements such as a children's play area, a car park and improved access from the nearby A4 road.

English Heritage adviser Martin Clayton said: "The work will help retain and enhance the historic significance of the landscape and ensure the house and gardens continue to be an icon among England's great gardens and landscapes."

The Chiswick estate has developed over 400 years and the present gardens are the result of several overlays. The classic Italianate gardens include features such as an obelisk, temple, amphitheatre, cascade and wilderness area.

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