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Wollerton Old Hall

When John and Lesley Jenkins moved into the Hall in the early 1980s the work of earlier gardeners on the site had been wiped away – including a Tudor Knot Garden that had existed within living memory.


GAP Photos/Joe Wainwright/John and Lesley Jenkins

Feature No:   2912 

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This gave them the chance to create something completely fresh and original, while ensuring their new garden complemented the attractive, half-timbered hall. It is a linear garden - a formality that suits the site and is reflected in the traditional half timbered, black and white beams that adorn the exterior of the old house. The straight lines are created using only four elements: beech, brick, oak and yew. Nothing is out of scale, no structure or garden section dominates or overwhelms the others - and the transition from one garden 'room' to another is totally seamless and natural. In the formal gardens there are three vistas running in a north to south direction and three heading east to west. There may be obstructions, the view may be blocked by hedges, other plants or garden features. This enhances the sense of surprise when moving from one part of the garden to another. Plants are chosen to suit the particular conditions in different parts of the garden - and while the gardens are in a traditional setting, the planting design is very contemporary, with great blocks of colour combined with the softening, cloud-like effect of grasses mixed in with herbaceous perennials.



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