The Bowles Story at Myddelton House
Myddelton House is now the headquarters of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, and stands in a Listed Historic Garden that is the crowning achievement of E.A.Bowles, the renowned horticulturist. Within the longer term strategy of a Conservation Management Plan a number of interventions have been made to rehabilitate the disused Kitchen Gardens, reconstruct a Peach House and Glasshouses, repair Garden artefacts and features, and establish a Heritage Centre in the Stables Block as a visitor reception point and ‘foyer’ to both corporate and public visitors. The Bowles Story project, with substantial Heritage Lottery Fund support delivers both regeneration and conservation, as well as horticultural education to a wider public spectrum. The number of visitors calling at Myddelton House, and enjoying the Gardens has substantially increased. The Heritage Centre obtains energy from a ground source heat pump system and distributes low temperature heating using insulation-embedded coils under the oak plank floors.
Photographs by and copyright of Andrew Hatfield.
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