Green fingered genius sought

Published on: 13 Nov 2014

A garden created by one of the greatest and most gifted Edwardian designers needs a horticultural genius to restore his masterpiece.

When Thomas Mawson set out to create a patch of paradise at grand Arts and Crafts inspired Brockhole, on the shores of Windermere, he was determined home and garden would join in visionary splendour.

Now used as the Lake District National Park's visitor centre, attracting crowds of over 11,000 in peak weeks, Brockhole needs a head gardener to take over the renowned grounds.

Mawson, the most celebrated landscape architect of his day, had worldwide commissions, including the Palace of Peace at The Hague. Work at prestigious Lake District properties, including Rydal Hall and Holehird, is particularly well remembered.

Brockhole manager, Neil Manning, said ambitious restoration plans needed a passionate expert who could carry on the work of returning the historic gardens to their former glory.

He added: "Mawson's legacy is all around us and there can be few places anywhere in the world with surroundings as stunning as this.

"He was determined spectacular grounds running down to the lake and sensational mountain views would join the house in ground-breaking designs, planting and structures.

"Highly cultivated plants, exotic trees and shrubs, lavish floral displays saw his vision become reality and our grounds are enjoyed by many thousands of visitors from all over the world.

"What we need is another gardening great with creativity and flair, excellent horticultural knowledge and the determination to breathe new life into this wonderful place, making it a world-class visitor experience."

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 18 November. Further information on www.lakedistrict.gov.uk

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