Hellesdon HouseBritain is rich in historic landscapes and most visitors come to see something of the heritage we are so well known for. Most of our historic sites are well documented, for instance there is a National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. New discoveries, nevertheless, seem to constantly turn up.

Ishmaelandscapes, are involved in the restoration of a little-known Victorian garden at Hellesdon, Norwich, that was the home of former Lord Mayor, Henry Bullard, in the late nineteenth century.

The property has become neglected over a long period but the new owners are intent on restoring it to its former glory. Work began this winter on the gradual process of re-planting the boundary tree belts with a mixture of species such as oak, pine, birch and rowan and yew. Unsuitable species such as poplar and sycamore will be removed.

The main lawn is being restored to its former extent by removing a manège (a schooling area for horses). The area will be reseeded with a fine turf grass mixture that has resistance to drought.

Planting in front of the house is being renovated with the introduction of drought resistant shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Other areas will follow on and it is hoped to involve landscape students from University College Suffolk in designing these.

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