Historic Landscape Excellence
Bramshill House, Hampshire, is a Grade 1 Listed Jacobean Mansion, set in an estate of 300 acres originally created by Thomas Foxley. It has 3 lakes and, perhaps surprisingly, is custodian of a rare herd of white fallow deer.
Gavin Jones are entering their 10th year as contractors on site, initially direct to the college and more recently in partnership with the facilities management company. A wide variety of work is carried out on all areas of the site and every season brings a new challenge to the dedicated team of 3 permanent staff who, with a wide skills base keep the site looking at its best whatever the weather ensuring efficient operations.
A recent investment in machinery has improved the standards further and increased efficiencies helping to develop the staff who are among the “Rising Stars” scheme at Gavin Jones. Over the past 12-18 months the mansion gardens have been a hive of activity; turf renovations have been carried out, board edging has been added to the Terrace Garden & a new 4 Seasons Garden has been designed & planted by the team. The team utilise the Polytunnel on site to propagate fruit and veg from seed and plugs for growing on in walled orchard, which in turn helps supply catering department, grow plants for decorative beds and to help maintain stocks of other plants and shrubs for various beds on site. Other tasks include callout facility for snow and ice clearance, management of the deer park, woodland areas, sports pitches, lakes and pond as well as bee-keeping.
All green waste generated by these activities are held on site and processed into compost, mulch and woodchip. These are subsequently used on site and reduce carbon footprint.
Members of the team assist with the annual Heritage Day, where the mansion and the immediate gardens are open to the public. They provide tours of the orchards and formal walled gardens and present talks about the bee-keeping activities carried out on site.