House & Garden Fund

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The hard landscaping and green bones of Great Dixter need continuous maintenance. The steps and paths are laid in York stone and the steps are underpinned with brick and tile. The plantings of the Barn Garden are anchored in walls and paving which need frequent attention. Great Dixter is a high intensity flower garden requiring a large amount of work from skilled staff. The yew hedges require 45 days of cutting each year. The flower meadows need careful supervision and strewing is used to enrich adjoining pasture. In the kitchen garden new varieties of seed are tried out alongside traditional varieties of fruit and vegetables. Tree audits are carried out, tree surgeons brought in, and gaps filled.

The old timber and plaster walls of the house, its oak floors and peg tile roofs require constant monitoring, as do its historic contents.

In 2017 donations contributed towards help in the vegetable garden and buying vegetable seed. They also funded the re-thatching of the wood store, the replacement of the oast cowls and repairs to Exotic Garden hovel whilst a project continues to restore the cold frames in the nursery. The Trust was fortunate in securing Heritage Lottery Funding and two private donations towards a biodiversity audit of the estate which will continue until 2019. In addition, fundraising enabled 19 acres of scenic parkland to be purchased linking Great Dixter with its woods on the northern edge of the site.

In the house  donors helped with the conservation of a Lloyd family portrait and a floral wall hanging as well as a survey to advise on historic paintwork.

Information on projects for 2018 will be available shortly. In the meantime if you would like to donate to this area of activity at Great Dixter please contact Linda Jones (see below).

To donate to the House & Garden Fund, please click the button below:

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For further information, please contact Linda Jones:

Tel: +44 (0) 1797 254048
Email: friends@greatdixter.co.uk

Exotic Garden in late September