Country house hotel in Somerset, Ston Easton Park, has revealed it will undergo an extensive restoration of its 18th century parkland to return the gardens to its former glory, and is now calling on volunteers to lend a hand.
The hotel, which supplies its restaurant with almost 60% of fresh produce from its Victorian kitchen garden, is home to 36 acres of parkland that was designed by famous landscape architect Humphry Repton.
Now the hotel is appealing for both amateur and professional historians and horticulturists to take part in its ‘Lost Garden’ restoration challenge, to bring the garden back to life unearthing paths and restoring bridges along the way in the historic grounds.
Using the Repton ‘Red Book’ as a guide, head gardeners, Steve Hargreaves and Dale Toten will lead the renovation.
Steve Hargreaves said: “This is an extremely exciting project for us and we are very keen to put our extensive Repton research into practice in 2017. We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic volunteers but this project in particular will take huge amounts of effort and several years for it to reach its full potential – but it will certainly be worth it.”