Bushy Park Water Gardens, Middlesex - £620,000
Client: The Royal Parks
Landscape Architect: Land Use Consultants
BALI Awards: BALI National Award Winner - Land Renewal and Regeneration Scheme
Created by the Earl of Halifax in 1710, The Water Gardens boast a number of grottoes, four grand pools, and a cascade, which over time have undergone several alterations in shape and size. After years without management however, the park had become inaccessible to the public and largely overgrown.
The Landscape Group were appointed by The Royal Parks to restore the gardens to their former character. In working closely with the client, design
team and archaeologists, the project has brought the famous water gardens back into the public domain for the first time in many decades.
Brought to completion in 2008, the scope of the finished works included thorough site clearance work consisting of felling and clearing of mature trees and tree stumps; control of Japanese knotweed and site wide top-soil stripping.
Water management works consisted of the installation of six inch pumps to allow for the de-watering of the entire site; and the de-silting of the upper and lower ponds to enable the restoration works to be undertaken to both ponds prior to the installation of the permanent water management system.
Restoration of the existing cascade water feature included sourcing 18,000 handmade bricks, construction of brick
alcoves, installation of granite to the cascade treads and the commissioning and installation of two bespoke carved stoop basins. These works have brought the cascade pools back into working order.
Additional hard landscaping included the construction of pathways using Cotswold self binding gravel, as well as the installation of concrete retaining wall units to the rear of the cascade wall.
Assistance from archaeologists at each stage of the cascade restoration ensured they were not only reconstructed accurately, but in a way that resolved all modern day structural engineering safety standards.
To complete the park, further soft landscaping was undertaken in the gardens, including topsoiling, grass seeding and tree planting.
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