National Trust reveals £3.5 million investment results at Hidcote Manor
Released on: June 30, 2011, 9:16 am
National Trust has announced that a newly restored
semi-tropical plant house, a bathing pool and a summerhouse mural are
just some of the results of 10 years of hard work and £3.5 million
investment at Hidcote Manor garden in Gloucestershire.
The National Trust has now officially completed a major phase of reinstating many of
the key historic structures in this world-famous garden thanks to the support of an
anonymous donor, who matched every pound raised by the Trust up to £1.6 million.
Created by American-born horticulturalist Major Lawrence Johnston, Hidcote is one of
the most inventive and influential gardens of the 20th Century. His creation was
built around outdoor 'rooms' linked by views and design features influenced by the
fashionable 'Arts and Crafts' style.
However, elements of the 10 acre garden fell into disrepair during the 1950s and as
a result, 10 years ago, the National Trust set itself a target to recreate Hidcote
as Johnston planned it.
National Trust gardeners and volunteers have spent a decade researching and piecing
together Johnston's original plans for his Cotswolds garden, putting in many
thousands of hours of work into reinstating former structures and garden rooms
which formed part of Johnston's vision, with 'habitats' ranging from hi alpine to
Head gardener at Hidcote, Glyn Jones, who led the team working on the project, said:"This has been a huge undertaking but one that we're very proud of. We really
feel that we have managed to bring Johnston's vision back to life. Visitors will
be able to imagine Johnston and his guests enjoying the gardens, tennis courts and
bathing pool back in the 1920s, 30s and 40s as they wander around."
In Hidcote's new incarnation, Johnston's unique plant house has been given a new
lease of life. It is once again filled with semi tropical plants such as citruses -
orange and lemon - Fuchsias, South African Plumbago, Begonias and Oleanders. Fully
glazed in the winter, in the summer the plant house was designed to have the panels
along the front removed turning it into a floral arcade.
Mike Calnan, head of gardens and parks at the National Trust, said: "Hidcote is one
of the most famous and important 20th Century gardens in Europe. It is of
particular importance to the Trust because it is the first property acquired purely
on merit for its garden.
"The team has done a fantastic job in turning the garden around, reinstating many
structures, lost features and installing behind-the-scenes services to make it
easier to maintain.
"Painstaking research has also been put into tracking down the plants Johnston used
and reinstating former beds and planted areas. We may never know exactly how he
arranged these to create the celebrated 'Johnston' style, but our challenge over
the coming years is to move even closer towards that vision of perfection."
Mike Beeston, property manager at Hidcote, said: "With Hidcote already attracting
150,000 every year, we hope the completion of the restoration will inspire new
visitors to take a look - and also to inspire past visitors to visit again."
About the National Trust:
The National Trust is a charity with a love for preserving historic places and
spaces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From former workers' cottages to
the most iconic stately homes and from mines and mills to theatres and inns, the
stories of people and their heritage are at the heart of everything National Trust
does. People of all ages, individuals, schools and communities get involved each
year with its projects, events and working holidays and over 61,000 volunteers help
to bring National Trust places alive for the millions of people who visit its places
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