GREEN-FINGERED folk at Shakespeare’s New Place are giving a new lease of life to the historic Knot Garden.
Volunteers dug in to start planting as part of the £5.25 million re-imagining of Shakespeare’s final home in Stratford.
It is the largest restoration undertaken on the Knot Garden since it was set out nearly 100 years ago by Ernest Law, a leading exponent of the Tudor knot garden revival in the early 20th century.
Law based his designs in part on the famous illustration from the Gardener’s Labyrinth, a popular book in Shakespeare’s day.
Volunteer Jan Tracey was part of the original archaeological excavation of New Place back in 2010.
Jan was specifically involved in excavating the sunken Knot Garden, and is now part of the team tasked with returning it to its original glory.
Volunteers will be working alongside acting garden manager Christopher Cunningham putting in thousands of new plants.
Elements of the Great Garden – the largest surviving part of Shakespeare’s estate – will also be conserved.
The re-imagined New Place – which will feature commissioned artworks and displays throughout the site evoking aspects of Shakespeare’s family life and commemorating the plays and sonnets written during his 19 ownership – is set to open in July.
Visit www.shakespeare.org.uk for further details.