Hartlebury Castle – Stage 2 HLF

Hartlebury Castle is a stage 2 HLF bid for which Ryder Landscape Consultants are responsible for the elements associated with the parks, gardens and outbuildings.  These elements comprise the Conservation Management Plan, Maintenance and Management Plan and the Masterplan.  All of these elements involve extensive research and consultation with local groups such as ‘Friends of Hartlebury’ and Hartlebury Preservation Trust.

Hartlebury Castle was one of the chief residences of the Bishop of Worcester, with the land on which the Castle now stands originally acquired in 890 and the presence of the castle first recorded in 1268.  The current palace is still partly moated, approached through an avenue of 300 year old lime trees and sited within an Historic Park and Garden.

The Castle’s historic park and gardens have an exciting and interesting heritage, with each Bishop bringing about new changes to the landscape and creating new stories within the gardens and parkland.  Key features include a Mediaeval deer park; a 17th century forecourt with carriage circle enclosed in castellated walls; 18th century gardens consisting of a sunken area, terrace and crenelated wall; Charlton Pool, a fishing lake extended from the Mediaeval Moat; late 18th century walled gardens and specimen tree planting.