Bowcliffe garden revamp unveiled

Tree house, replanted rose garden and new terrace included in proposals for Bowcliffe Hall estate.

North Yorkshire-based landscape designer Alistair Baldwin has been appointed to overhaul the gardens surrounding the 200 year-old Bowcliffe Hall near Wetherby.

The scheme is the second phase of a multi-million pound renovation project that saw the hall undergo a £500,000 makeover earlier this year.

The proposals feature a futuristic tree house, designed by architects the Harris Partnership, to be built alongside the hall for corporate hospitality events and conferences. The design was inspired by the ideas of former Bowcliffe resident and aviation pioneer Robert Blackburn.

A major revamp of the gardens will see the restoration of the original 19th century water gardens fed with rainwater collected from the roof of the hall.

The rose garden will be replanted with a sustainable mix of roses, perennials, grasses, bulbs and topiary.

In addition, a new glass- house will be rebuilt on the footprint of the original, using salvaged components from the late 19th century structure.

The designs also include plans for a terrace with contemporary parterres and new furniture stretching across the south facade of the hall to offer views of the rural landscape beyond the gardens.

Baldwin said he intended to remove invasive and self-sown trees throughout the grounds to reveal original exotic conifers and mature holm oaks.

"Unchecked shrubs and erroneously planted late 20th century trees have combined to swamp the original ornamental gardens but have also severed the hall from its wider landscape," he added.

"This new phase will peel away the layers of over planting, letting in light and revealing spectacular views." A planning decision is expected in January 2012.

Key Stat

£750k - The cost of the futuristic tree house hospitality centre proposed as part of the scheme.

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