|Norwood Hall across the formal bedding - 1970's|
|The gardens from our kitchen window - to modern taste, very formal and dated!|
In my typical way I interfered with the grounds management and over six years initiated many changes to the landscape, generally to align with what we were teaching. Each year the students would also design and implement a series of projects, so that over the years most of the grounds had been re-designed. The landscape was fairly traditional; shrubs, roses, bedding, herbaceous borders, a couple of pools, a rock garden and many beautiful trees, although this was the era of Dutch elm disease and I remember us losing some major trees.
|Double herbaceous borders|
|Students reseeding the main lawn|
|Bed system in the vegetable garden|
|Herb garden designed by students|
|The tropical house|
It was all managed by a small staff, a propagator with a green baize apron and a traditional Head Gardener, who used to work under a black umbrella on wet days. On Fridays in summer he presided over 'market day', when surplus fruit and veg were sold to the locals. He also had a twin brother, also a gardener which caused total confusion on open days and public events!
|Cyclamen grown by students|
|Fruiting pineapple in the economic house|
|Satelite photo 2012 - its nearly all a building site!|
|Bing picture a few years back, the walled garden to the right grassed over and trees of some sort growing. Teaching glasshouses to the left totally derelict with trees growing through their roofs.|