Chiswick House and Gardens Project Update

An update on the restoration project at Chiswick House and Gardens Trust.

Since our last large consultation meeting in November 2006, Trustees have met with many groups of people who have declared particular interests in the gardens - Chiswick House Friends, the Kitchen Garden Association, the Chiswick and Latymer Cricket Club, the Goosefoot Volunteers, the Camellia Society, CHOW (representing many dog-walkers) and have listened to their particular concerns and needs. As a result we have already instigated changes to the management of the gardens:

We appointed Burleys to take over the maintenance of the grounds and, since they started, we have been really pleased by their performance and heartened by the feed-back we receive from regular visitors.

We also appointed Fiona Crumley as head gardener of Chiswick House gardens and her efforts will be entirely focused on the site.

She came to us from the Chelsea Physic Garden and joined us properly at the beginning of April.

She will act as our gardening expert on the site and will initiate and direct work through Burleys and our fabulous gardening volunteer groups.

A major fundraising event took place in the gardens in early July with Soho House kindly giving the proceeds towards the restoration of the Amphitheatre.

The event included performances from Lily Allen, Natasha Bedingfield, Jamie Cullum and the Magic Numbers and guest hosts Ant and Dec and Jo Whiley also lent their talents to provide a fantastic boost for the project.

Last November we appointed architects Caruso St John to design a new cafe for Chiswick House Gardens. The new designs were previewed on 27 June prior to a series of presentations to the public held on 10 July.

The designs have been well received and the next step is to gain planning permission. The plans will be submitted to Hounslow Council in August.

On 23 September the Dog Show will take place.

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