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Tom Stuart-Smith appointed to design Cuerden Hall’s grounds

A renowned landscape architect has been appointed to transform the setting and grounds of Cuerden Hall and preserve the ancient woodland surrounding it.

Colin Shenton, owner of the historic Grade II* listed countryside mansion situated in the Cuerden Valley near Chorley, Lancashire, has engaged Tom Stuart-Smith following a highly competitive design consultation process, in which four firms tendered for the project.

Tom is an accomplished landscape architect and garden designer, delivering projects in the UK and worldwide – including the Queen’s Jubilee garden at Windsor Castle, the Garden of Illusion at The Connaught Hotel, the Keeper’s House Garden at the Royal Academy of Arts, several projects at Chatsworth, and the masterplan for the RHS’s gardens at Bridgewater (near Salford), the largest new garden project in the UK.

Tom’s unique and distinguished style has won accolades including eight RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medals, three of which were also awarded ‘Best in Show’.

Tom Stuart-Smith said: “It’s an honour to be part of Colin Shenton’s team at Cuerden Hall, as the grounds are a crucial element in Colin’s plan. Our proposal intends to enhance the setting of the hall and the enjoyment of the 16-acre garden, and connect the hall visually to the surrounding 650-acre park.”

Colin Shenton commented: “We couldn’t be more pleased to have Tom on board. His design style and his track record in delivering large projects such as this to the highest standard makes him and his team the perfect partners for our architects, Purcell. Between us, we hope to create one of the finest gardens in Lancashire.”

The restoration of Cuerden Hall and its gardens is expected to take five years and cost more than £15m.

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