The National Trust – Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Successfully appointed following invited competition, our vision for the Grade 1 listed historic Pleasure Grounds, which is also a SSSI is to amplify and celebrate Clumber Park’s kaleidescopic nature and help it inhabit its potential as a bold, accessible flagship public landscape for the 21st century. Set in the heart of Sherwood Forest, this historic garden is the most visited ticketed site in England and Wales with 600,000 visitors a year and a strong place in local affection. 

Our approach channels the reinstatement of the historic spirit of place and views, reinventing the site’s character and formality, but doing so through a contemporary lens. 

Since our appointment, the scope of our services have been extended to incorporate more of the Clumber Park Revitalised project and we have relished the opportunity to work collaboratively with the team there. We are working at all levels on this eight year project – from a broad strategic level with the Project Board and fundraising team right through to tangible project actions with Clumber’s horticulturalists, ecologists and rangers; way-finding and events; curatorial and visitor experience. 

We lead a multidisciplinary design team which also includes architects, engineers, ecologists and consultation specialists.

“We very much enjoy working with Harris Bugg Studio. From the outset, they have inspired our whole team with their enthusiastic, open and collaborative approach. They consistently demonstrate that they really understand the special nature of Clumber Park, and they obviously share our love for the place.” 

Lucy Reid, Assistant Director, Operations, National Trust