The Restoration of the Formal Garden at Hestercombe

The Restoration of the Formal Garden at Hestercombe

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The Restoration of the Formal Garden at Hestercombe 1973 to 1980' is a case study that explores how this pioneering work was carried out.

The restoration of the formal garden at Hestercombe in Somerset that began in the 1970s was the first attempt to restore a historic garden authentically ever undertaken by a local authority.

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Hestercombe Virtual Archives

Hestercombe virtual archives contain digitised copies of plans and documents used during the restoration work of the Formal Garden: Planting methodology, Grey Walk plant list, East Rill plant list, West Rill plant list, and Plan of Formal Garden. For copies of the original Jekyll planting plans and the 1970s restoration plans, see Part 3 of the article on the restoration of Hestercombe.

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Method of restoration of borders for Hestercombe Gardens

Method of restoration of borders for Hestercombe Gardens is a transcript of the 1975 methodology used by the team during the restoration work.

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Bill Mount: the right man in the right place

William Mount profiles one of the people who was involved in the 1970s restoration work at Hestercombe. The article includes mention of other early garden restoration projects and the start of County Gardens Trusts.

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Hestercombe Formal Garden in the Resource Area

Hestercombe Formal Garden in the Resource Area contains photographs before, during and after restoration work.

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