The Savill Garden, a landscaped woodland garden established in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill, is located adjacent to Windsor Great Park. Both the garden and park are separately designated Grade I on the Register of Parks and Gardens and form part of the Royal Estate, Windsor, in the Borough of Runneymede, Surrey.
We were appointed to advise the Crown Estate and designers CAP.co on the heritage implications of adding a high-level Woodland Walk in the tree canopy of woodland within Windsor Great Park, and in the wider setting of the Grade II listed Cumberland Obelisk. The Woodland Walk incorporates quirky bespoke timber-clad treehouses that will encourage discovery and exploration and blend in with the natural surroundings. We also advised on the addition of a single storey extension to the Savill Gardens visitor centre, The Savill Building, and the transformation of an adjacent unkempt service yard into a Toddler’s Play Garden, with the same design aesthetic as the Woodland Walkway.
As well as advising the design team, we provided a Heritage Assessment for the planning application and liaised with Historic England and Council officers to help secure planning permission which was granted in November 2020.