The gardens around the Old Rectory were rather nondescript, lacking structure and interest. Upon inheriting the property, the current custodian requested Taylor Tripp design and create a garden that could be worthy of opening to the public. 


The old concrete paths within the former vegetable garden area were replaced with a formal potager, at the centre of which stands an Oak arbour which can be used for outdoor dining.


An overhead pleached Hornbeam tunnel, framed by Yew hedging, secretly divides the potager from a new croquet lawn. 


The old swimming pool was converted into a formal reflecting pool, framed by swathes of scented Philadelphus. The silhouette of the house reflects beautifully.


We designed a formal rectangular lawn surrounded by a grid of longer grass areas, dissected by mown grass pathways, focussing views to the landscape beyond. 


Additionally, a croquet lawn, framed by colourful herbaceous borders, a white rose garden and a pollarded Lime tree avenue were also created. The awkwardly placed tennis court has been lost behind a sea of tall Stipa gigantea and topiary Yew columns. 


The garden has been opened to the public under the NGS yellow book scheme.


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