In 2009 with the support of English Heritage and funding from Natural England, YSP commissioned the Landscape Agency to produce an Historic Landscape Management Plan to provide YSP with an understanding of the historic development of the 18th century–designed landscape and to set out a framework for the conservation and future management of the Estate.
For the very first time, following recent changes in ownership of the Bretton Hall, this Plan was able to encompass the whole of the 500 acres of landscape of the Bretton estate which is now under YSP’s management.
Following the recommendations in the Plan, Natural England funded a £500,000 Historic Environment Special Project which has allowed YSP to restore and enhance 85 acres of woodland nature reserve around two 65 acre designed lakes to restore water management infrastructure, historic footpaths, bridges, views, follies and incredible historical features including a Greek-style summer house, a now land-locked Boat House, an Obelisk, Stepping Stones and a magical Shell Grotto. The works included woodland management opening up historic vistas and allowing the reconnection of the historic Grade II* listed Bretton Hall with the listed and designed landscape.
These works will help protect these special areas for future generations and allow visitors the chance to explore new areas whilst providing ambitious new opportunities for artist projects and the development of YSP’s arts, ecology and nature learning, outreach and community programmes.
An illustrated book, featuring an essay by Patrick James of The Landscape Agency and photography by Jane Sabire is available to purchase from the YSP Shop at £5. Download further information from Yorkshire Sculpture Park's Historic Landscape Management Plan using the links to the right. A reference copy of the full plan is available onsite at YSP.
Read about the project's progress on our Life in the Park blog