Restoration of Great Linford Manor Park
JSA have been appointed to develop and deliver the restoration of Great Linford Manor in Milton Keynes.
The design of the Manor landscape is attributed to Richard Woods and is a distinctive variation on the mid-18th century English landscape design tradition. The Milton Keynes Parks Trust submitted a successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and have been awarded a grant of £3m to fund a £3.7 million project.
The project will focus on the restoration of the ‘Woodsian’ landscape including a number of ponds and cascades and a ha ha. The scheme will seek to re-define the distinctiveness of key landscape elements such as the Wildness Garden and Parkland. The site has experienced multiple interventions over the past two centuries and now consists of a complex pattern of management and ownership. A key objective of the scheme will be to unify these disjoined elements into a single coherent and legible historic landscape that is attractive to visitors and local residents.
JSA Director Jon Sheaff has commented: ‘We are delighted to have this opportunity to restore a key historic landscape in Milton Keynes and to add to the town’s unique public open space endowment. Richard Woods is a significant but little-known figure in the tradition of the English Landscape Movement and we hope to that this project will result in his distinctive work being better known and understood.’