Rep­ton restyled!

Woburn to open his­toric fea­ture at re­vamped gar­den show

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Bed­ford­shire’s Woburn Abbey is con­tin­u­ing its quest to recre­ate lost features of its il­lus­tri­ous his­toric past with the open­ing of a new struc­ture.

The Aviary is part of a fea­ture mas­ter­minded by 18th cen­tury gar­den de­signer Humphry Rep­ton, who en­vi­sioned a me­nagerie of an­i­mals and birds for the 6th Duke of Bed­ford as a fea­ture of a new Plea­sure Gar­den. Al­though never built, the de­sign was de­picted in a unique work in 1805, Hor­tus Wobur­nen­sis, which the cur­rent Duke and Duchess and Woburn staff are us­ing to guide con­struc­tion.

The main oc­tag­o­nal aviary was built in 2011, but two roofed barns have now been added to rep­re­sent the an­i­mal man­ager’s cot­tages of the orig­i­nal. The cone house, which would have formed the en­trance to the me­nagerie, sports the façade of a Doric tem­ple. The no­tion for a me­nagerie even­tu­ally be­came the cat­a­lyst for the estate’s Sa­fari Park. “It’s a priv­i­lege to recre­ate the most com­plete Rep­ton land­scape in the UK,” said estates gar­den man­ager Martin Towsey.

The gar­den has recre­ated a num­ber of Rep­ton features, in­clud­ing a rose gar­den and an Ori­en­tal rock­ery pav­il­ion. The new struc­tures will be opened by the Duchess on Sun­day, June 24, the sec­ond day of the Woburn Gar­den Show (see right).

Gar­den­ers’ World

pre­sen­ter Adam Frost will star at this year’s Woburn Abbey Show

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