Client: The American Museum
The American Museum in Britain is located in a remarkable setting within the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty near Bath. The hilltop site of the museum's home, Claverton Manor, takes full advantage of the spectacular views over the Limpley Stoke Valley and the River Avon.
The grounds total some 120 acres, which include an arboretum devoted to American trees and shrubs; a unique replica of George Washington's garden at Mount Vernon, Virginia; and wider parkland, with majestic old cedars and colonial herb garden give a flavour of early colonial plantings.
Remnants of the old Italianate style manorial pleasure gardens and parkland, dating from the 1820s, also exist within the grounds.
The museum proposed a series of sensitive developments to provide enhancements for visitors and staff, including an enlarged restaurant, education area and revisions to car parking.
We have provided historic landscape management advice to the Museum, as well as landscape design proposals to support planning applications.