Broadlands House, on the bank of the River Test, is at the centre of a park created by Capability Brown when he and the architect Henry Holland refashioned the Elizabethan mansion in Palladian style. The river was realigned and water meadows modified to create a celebrated setting for the west front of the mansion. On the opposite side of the mansion, the common fields of the town of Romsey were landscaped in typical Brown style. The park was subsequently extended by Lord Palmerston, the Victorian Prime Minister. In the following century, Broadlands was the home of Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
acta prepared a parkland plan based on restoring the simple, bold structure of Brown’s and Palmerston’s landscape. It set out new planting, stripping away misguided twentieth-century planting and reinstatement of lost vistas. Proposals struck a balance between conserving the historic landscape and maintaining and enhancing the River Test SSSI.
Client - Broadlands Estate