NEWS RELEASE - 21 AUGUST 2020
We are delighted to confirm that Beth Chatto Gardens has been added as one of the best post 1945 landscapes, to the Register of Parks and Gardens in the East of England, National Heritage List for England, on Friday 21 August 2020.
Beth Chatto’s environmentally-sustainable garden in Essex is significant worldwide in terms of the history of English gardens. She was an advocate of using plants that worked in harmony with local conditions. Her ‘right plant, right place’ philosophy, radical at the time, still shapes gardening today.
Beth Chatto is one of 20 Nationwide landscapes which have been granted protection and added to the Register of Parks and Gardens, part of the National Heritage List for England.
“We are honoured to receive recognition for this unique garden that my grandparents created, beginning in 1960 and my grandmother’s life work based on a combination of the ecological principles of planting (the right plant in the right place) and a naturalistic planting principle, influenced by the simplistic form of Japanese flower arranging called Ikebana.
As a team we are committed to the ongoing life of the garden, conscious of Beth’s ethos and principles, but also with Beth’s thirst for knowledge, continual editing (a garden is not a picture) and trialling new plants and propagation methods.
More and more we realise that we must live in harmony with nature and an ecologically sustainable approach forms the basis of what Beth’s garden is all about.
The ‘Beth Chatto Education Trust’ set up by Beth offers horticultural education for all ages and abilities and works in association with many organisations keen to learn and adopt the positive environmental, physical and mental benefits of gardens on individuals and communities.
We are thankful to English Heritage and the great work they are doing to protect these valuable landscapes for future generations”
Julia Boulton, Managing Director & Beth Chatto’s Granddaughter
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