Student needed to help recreate Edwardian Garden.

Posted on April 20th, 2007 by Sian Jones

Karl & Yasmin Nolsen write: “We have a property in Chislehurst, Kent which will be undergoing refurbishment shortly and am seeking any students that may be interested in taking a look at our gardens and helping us with planning ideas and making them become a reality. We would very much like to have the gardens (about 1/4 acre) replenished and redesigned in the arts and crafts style.

The gardens are very interesting as our house was built by a pupil of Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1910 in the arts and crafts period and had remained virtually untouched since that time, which unfortunately culminated in the land being totally overgrown and unmanageable and it has now been cleared, which took 5 men over a week. It is now almost a blank canvas but still retains amazing features i.e. 8ft brick pillars, Italianate terracing with sweeping yorkstone and tudor brick walls, yorkstone terracing and semi-circle steps, many trees, including two amazing scotch pine at the entrance and numerous huge Irish yews planted in avenues. The architect Frederick Harrild apparently had returned from a tour of Italy with Lutyens just before being commissioned to build our house and therefore it also has the obligatory internal open courtyard which is charming and in dire need of a good design.

We are more than happy to give a site visit, as the property is unoccupied at present and can provide photos if needed.

We feel that it would be a great project for a trainee landscape gardener to implement the knowledge they have gained and also, with the enormous interest our house and gardens have received from various quarters, this could be a helpful stepping stone for a student in the last throes of their degree”.

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