Historic Landscape

Project: Water Garden Restoration| Location: Bramham Park, Wetherby| Client: The Bramham Estate
Project Description:

Bea Landscape Design Ltd was commissioned as part of a design team alongside Haycock Environmental Consultancy to implement the first two phases of the restoration of the early Eighteenth Century historic water gardens within the Grade I listed Bramham Park, a private estate owned by the Lane Fox family.

The initial phase completed in 2012, focused on the restoration of the ‘T Pond’ the first historic water feature in a chain that supplies the water to the remaining garden features. The original pond leaked water and disconnected the supply of water from the gardens. The restoration included the re-lining of the leaking section with puddled clay, the reintroduction of a vertical stone wall edging and reconnection of the water supply.

The second phase centred on the restoration of the ‘Rocky Cascade’, an historic water feature forming an integral part of the Parterre Garden and Grade I listed Parterre Wall. Led by archaeological investigation the restoration of the defunct feature included the re-connection to T Pond water supply; the dismantling, repair and rebuilding of the listed cascade stone work and the reintroduction of the Parterre Pool as a central focus to the garden to create a fully restored cascade water feature.

The project was successfully delivered within budget and on programme and recently appeared in the ITV period drama 'Victoria' and has been featured by the Landscape Institute as an example of how using Landscape Architects can add value in ‘protecting and managing historic environments’.

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