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A visitor to Ascog Hall in 1986 could have been forgiven for thinking they had stumbled upon a scene reminiscent of a fairy tale where time had stood still for a great number of years, allowing a vast and impenetrable forest of brambles to have sprung up, obliterating everything.

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner row_type=”row” type=”full_width” text_align=”left” css_animation=””][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][vc_column_text]Old photographs revealed that the grounds had originally been planted with formal shrubberies, island beds and extensive lawns. Around 1870, Alexander Bannatyne Stewart owner of Ascog Hall, commissioned Edward La Trobe Bateman (1816-1897) to landscape the gardens. In 1867 Bateman had returned to Britain from Australia where he was renowned for his artistic pursuits, including book illustrations, architectural design, ornate stencilling and the laying out of ornamental grounds, which included a part of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. Sadly none of Bateman’s original plantings have survived, but we believe he formed the banks and established the new perspective which can still be seen and which add such a pleasing dimension, compared to the original completely flat topography.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space height=”22px”][vc_single_image image=”335″ img_size=”1000*650″ qode_css_animation=””][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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