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Painshill Park
Historic Planting Consultant and Associate Director to the Trust: Mark Laird Location: Cobham, England, United Kingdom

Since 1984, Mark Laird has acted as historic planting consultant to Painshill Park Trust, and in 2004 he became Associate Director to the Trust. His planting initiatives of the 1980s – the Amphitheatre, the ‘theatrical’ shrubberies and the Temple Flower Garden – have now matured effectively as reconstructions within the original fabric. Recent initiatives concentrate on authenticity of plant materials: the re-importation of plants of known provenance. This replicates the original imports of Magnolia, Phlox, etc., from John Bartram in Philadelphia. ‘American Roots’ as part of the Painshill Heritage Plant Project was inaugurated in 2005 as a living display to explain the processes of transportation, importation, germination and acclimatization; it now includes the John Bartram Heritage Collection (designated by Plant Heritage, NCCPG). Painshill’s 30th anniversary conference (June 24-25 2010) anticipated the next 30 years with innovative discussions from conservation philosophy to computer visualizations.

Painshill Park Trust was awarded a 1998 ‘Europe Nostra’ medal for ‘exemplary restoration’.



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