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Wentworth Castle

Walkways Wentworth CastleLindum played an important role in the £15.2m restoration of Wentworth Castle Gardens, in Stainborough, near Barnsley.

More than 2,700 sq metres of specially reinforced Lindum Lokturf was used on the pathways and around the interior and exterior walls of the gothic folly built by Thomas Wentworth in 1727. The turf was laid onto a rootzone of Loksand, 60mm deep, which gave a total reinforced depth of 100mm.

“We felt that the inside and outside areas next to the walls, like the pathways would have to sustain the highest footfall,” explains Erika Diaz Petersen of Nottingham-based Hilary Taylor Landscape Associates, the historic landscape specialists in charge of the first phase of restoration. “This garden is Grade 1 registered and it’s also within a conservation area. We’ve designed one completely new garden east of the house but the project mostly involves restoration. We retained the original 18th and 19th century path structure and enhanced it with provisions to increase access for all although most paths follow historic routes. Some of these had become quite overgrown and others needed to be completely re-instated.”

Hilary Taylor Landscape Associates chose reinforced turf over hard landscaping alternatives because of its aesthetic qualities and the desire to reduce the impact of hard finishes. “We also liked the fact that Lindum Lokturf is instantly usable,” continues Erika.

Lindum’s Managing Director Stephen Fell says that for this particular project durability was of the essence. “Lindum Lokturf is ideal for high traffic or high impact areas and has been used successfully at many visitor attractions for walkways, overflow grass car parks and fire access roads. We were thrilled that Wentworth Castle Gardens chose us for this important part of their restoration.”