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European Garden Award for Best Historic Garden

15 November 2010

The Italian Garden Trentham

The Trentham Estate in Staffordshire has won a major european award for the re-design of its formal Victorian gardens.

The estate has won the 2010 European Garden Award for Best Historic Garden Restoration, following a 14-year project to re-interpret its formal gardens through contemporary design.

Judges praised the garden for its ‘modern flair and allure’ and said it was unique in the UK for restoring a near-lost heritage garden with its ‘subtle mix’ of contemporary garden art.

The garden fuses Italianate formality in the grand style with waves of naturalistic ‘prairie-style’ perennial planting - the result of a collaboration between two leading garden designers, Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf, which rescued the 12-hectare (30-acre) garden from dereliction and re-invented it as one of the region’s leading tourist attractions.

’This is obviously enormously rewarding to all those who have been involved in this gargantuan task over the years,’ said gardens manager Michael Walker. ‘Trentham’s recreation has combined traditional restoration with the very best of contemporary design.’

Trentham beat two other recently-restored major European gardens, Sofiero in Sweden and Schloss Hof in Austria, to win the prize.

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