THE ALNWICK GARDEN
Denwick Lane, Alnwick NE66 1YU, England
+44 1665 511350
“Following the death of Harry 11th Duke of Northumberland in October 1995, Lord and Lady Ralph Percy became the 12th Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. The family’s life was transformed overnight as they moved with their four children from an idyllic family home in north Northumberland to the majestic Alnwick Castle.
Adjacent to Alnwick Castle, behind 1770’s brickwork and wrought iron gates, was a 12 acre walled garden used as a tree nursery for the Forestry Dept. The space had become derelict with the exception of a few larch and spruce trees sitting amongst the 19th century tree plantings and yet to the Duchess it was a place of beauty and potential. In March 1996, Jane 12th Duchess of Northumberland presented an idea, a vision, to the then Estate Clerk of Works for The Northumberland Estates, Ian August. The vision is what we now know to be The Alnwick Garden.
Her vision was bold, daring and, to a lesser man, terrifying. But Ian was captivated not only by the proposed plans but by the enthusiasm and excitement of the Duchess. The project would be difficult, drawn out and there would be a lot of people to convince. That glimmer was enough for the Duchess, with Ian working alongside her, to ensure The Alnwick Garden would be completed and successful.”