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Marks Hall

Marks Hall, west of Colchester in rural Essex comprises a 2,200 acre estate of woods and farmland wrapped around a 200 acre arboretum centred around a two acre eighteenth century walled garden, a sequence of richly decorative layers.


Essex, UK

GAP Photos/Carole Drake - Owner: Marks Hall Estate Trust

Feature No:   4218 

Qty of Images:    115 


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From the 800 year old Honywood oak with its humongous 8.5 m girth to Brita von Schoenaich's sleek, rhythmic C21 design inside the walled garden, ancient and modern co-exist here, as do trees from every part of the globe, planted in bold masses unlike anywhere else. Teaming with wildlife and a colourful history that includes service as a World War II air force base this is a place with fascinating stories to tell. An amazing 70 monkey puzzles, Araucaria araucana, of different ages and sizes are planted together here, mixing with Cortaderia richardii, an elegant pampas grass, and vivid Kniphofia rooperi giving these sculptural trees an entirely different character from the single specimens so often seen marooned in the front gardens of Victorian villas. This mix of textures and silhouettes, backlit against a low autumn sun festooned with glittering spider's webs, shows how striking monkey puzzles can be mixed with big grasses and herbaceous perennials. For Ian the management of the grass that the trees stand in is as important as the trees themselves: 'The grass in the deer park should be more like grassland sward than a lawn. It's much better for wildlife and looks far more natural.'



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