Talks for Groups – ‘Iford Manor Garden: evolution not revolution’


A recording of an online talk recorded in Spring 2021 for use by groups. Once purchased you will receive a link to access the recording via email.



William and Marianne Cartwright-Hignett are the passionate owners and managers of Iford Manor, a delightful honey-stone Cotswold manor house on the Wiltshire-Somerset border near Bradford on Avon.  The gardens were principally designed by Harold Peto in the early 20th Century, but the history of Iford extends back far further.

Elizabeth Cartwright-Hignett bought Iford in 1965 from Harold Peto’s nephew, with the intention of restoring the gardens, a project given great impetus by her husband John who has dedicated the last 40 years to their restoration.  Today, through a fresh approach to sustainable management of the whole Iford Estate, and working with Head Gardener Troy Scott, William and Marianne hope to set the garden on a sustainable footing and to secure a long future for this special place.

The talk will discuss the evolution of the garden over the centuries, the challenges of maintaining a historic garden, and look to the future ‘unwritten historic’ of historic gardens and Iford in particular.

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