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Restoring and managing Kirkharle: a perpective from owner John Anderson

Article Index

  1. Restoring and managing Kirkharle: a perpective from owner John Anderson
  2. Philosophy
  3. Jewels in the crown
  4. Brown’s life and philosophy
  5. Restoration of the barns
  6. The lakes
  7. Kirkharle today
  8. Looking ahead
  9. Celebrating in 2016
  10. All Pages

Looking ahead

Whilst  the lake and associated planting and paths installed in 2010 are proving a great success and are visited by a great number of people each year, in true Brown tradition, the landscape requires further ‘tweaking’ in order to increase its authenticity and strengthen Kirkharle’s links with Brown. Plans under consideration for further improvements include a ‘cascade’ which could be constructed between the two lakes, thus creating one larger body of water. Additionally, both ends of the lake could be extended to give a more authentic look and some of the lake edges could be ‘shuttered’ in order to create a cleaner visual edge.  It is our hope that these works will be undertaken this year (2015) or in 2016.