TV presenter buys historic gardens

Noel Edmonds on verge of massive garden restoration project

Presenter Noel Edmonds is rumoured to be spending £1m to restore formal gardens created by one of Britain’s most celebrated landscape architects. Edmonds has paid more than £3m for Wood House in Devon — the renowned Arts & Crafts Movement house and grounds. The 12ha of formal gardens and parkland, designed by Charles Mawson, have English Heritage (EH) Grade I registration. But EH landscape architect Kim Auston said it needs “a lot of tender loving care”. Outbuildings have collapsed, the planting scheme lost, the ornamental lake blocked and hedges need replacing to recreate Mawson’s trademark “rooms”. EH has not spoken to Edmonds, but it is keen that the restoration is done by someone who appreciates the historical background. “It is up to him to get in touch with us as to what he wants to do. Maybe he wants it as a home in the country or as a commercial project,” Auston added.

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