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Understanding restoration requirements

Today we talked about restoration of stonework in the Italian Garden with Angharad, Conservation Officer at Uttlesford District Council. Peto’s design used ham stone from Somerset for the
balustrades and stairways into the garden and the area around the lily pool was paved with York stone. But much of the stone was sold off in the 1970s. Some replacement paving was put back a while ago and
the Trust has used gravel from SRC to tidy up the garden and frame the planting in the beds and borders, until the Trust could take on restoration of the stonework. We explored with Angharad our options for repairing the steps we use and for longer term projects, for example to repair the balustrades and replace paving; and the Council’s consent requirements for stone repairs or the use of composite stone materials, which have been used by other historic buildings and gardens to good effect,
instead of quarried stone.