Project highlights have included working on Prior Park Landscape Garden, for the National Trust, to upgrade the water infrastructure associated with the historic dams and ponds and to restore historic landscape features within the garden.
Prior Park Landscape Garden was built by the entrepreneur Ralph Allen to provide a setting to his mansion. It is a highly significant Grade I Registered Park and Garden and it provides the landscape setting to the historically important and significant Grade I listed Prior Park Mansion and Palladian Bridge.
The project involved working closely with the dam engineer to sensitively integrate new elements of vital dam infrastructure into the landscape. The landscape restoration work seeks to minimise the impact of new infrastructure, reinstate historic landscape features associated with the dams and their setting, and to restore the effect of reflections important in designed views.
The repair of the dams and restoration of the landscape, associated features and reinstated water level of the ponds, aims to restore the garden to a condition commensurate with that of the original intent of the third phase of the garden’s design. It is intended that restoration of the garden is planned to replicate what is was believed to be like in 1764, the culmination of the garden’s design and the phase which may be attributable to ‘Capability’ Brown’s involvement.
The project is rewarding and through the conservation of the Landscape Garden and the setting it provides for the Palladian Bridge and Prior Park Mansion, it has presented an opportunity for this important historic landscape to be safeguarded for current and future generations.