Garden restored in 15-year project

English Heritage restore Victorian glory at Brodsworth Gardens

A 15-year-long garden restoration has come to a close, bringing back to life the lost Victorian glory of English Heritage’s (EH’s) Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. EH took over the West Yorkshire site in 1990 and began work to restore the formal gardens, which had been left to go wild for much of the 20th century. The £1 million project, boosted by £250,000 of Heritage Lottery Fund money in 2002, was a momentous task for the gardening team. Weeds, scrub, self-set shrubs and trees were removed and surviving garden specimens brought back under management. This was followed with the identification and restoration of plant collections, paths, bridges and ornamental features, including a rock garden. A symmetrical bed system once again displays tulips and violas, followed by traditional floral carpets. Evergreen borders and topiary forms finish off the scene. As well as an impressive array of mature trees, it has one of the UK’s largest hardy fern collections.

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