Biddulph is a series of themed gardens within a garden and is one of the most exciting survivals of the great age of Victorian gardening. Its concept dates back to 1842 when James and Maria Bateman bought the estate.
Bateman had already established an important orchid collection at Kynpersley Hall and in 1838 married Maria Egerton Warburton, who came from a leading Cheshire family with a creative gardening tradition - her brother was the creator of the garden at Arley Hall.
The National Trust's ten year restoration of Croome Park, in Worcestershire, is an inspirational and exciting project. Croome has a unique place in gardening history for it was here that Lancelot 'Capability' Brown completed his first commission as an independent designer and pioneered the English Landscape Style of gardening.
What is also inspirational is the fact that if the National Trust had not purchased the park in 1996 with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and a generous donation from Royal SunAlliance, this unique landscape may have been lost to the Nation for ever.
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