The team at Woburn Abbey Gardens have won an award for their restoration of the Humphry Repton landscape, originally created in the early 1800’s.
The project won the Best Restoration of a Georgian Garden category at the Georgian Group Architectural Awards, beating entries from The Crown Estates for their restoration in Windsor Great Park and Ted Coryton for the Sir James Tillie Mausoleum at Pentillie Castle, Cornwall.
The Georgian Group Architectural Awards, sponsored by Savills, recognise exemplary conservation and restoration projects across the UK, and the 2013 awards received more than 70 entries.
The group aims to reward those who have shown the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes.
The award was presented to Martin Towsey, estates gardens manager, and Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford, by The Marquess of Salisbury at the award ceremony held at Christie’s in London on 29 October.
Since 2004, the current Woburn Abbey Gardens Team, under the direction of The Duchess of Bedford and Martin Towsey, has undertaken a restoration project to recreate Woburn Abbey Gardens based on Humphry Repton's original designs.
Towsey said: "It is a great honour for the Gardens and the gardeners to receive such an accolade. Heritage and excellence are two of our core values, so winning this award recognises the vision and effort that the team has put into the gardens."
The restoration project is part of a 25 year development plan for the gardens, with the recreated Cone House structure and Rockery Pavilion opened to the public during 2013.