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Kensington Palace walkway revived

Landscape architect and historian Todd Longstaff-Gowan has succeeded in reinvigorating the grounds of Kensington Palace in London with his redesign of the Cradle Walk

This elegant tree-lined Edwardian walkway off the broad walk to the east of the palace was badly damaged by the great storm of October 1987.

It forms part of a major redesign of the palace and gardens that is now subject to a planning application by urban designers John Simpson & Partners.

The complete £12 million project includes a shallow moat around a statue of Queen Victoria in front of the palace, while relandscaping will reconnect the relationship between the building and surrounding park.

Said a palace spokesman: `The Cradle Walk project took a year and is the first part of a much bigger project inside and outside.

`We want to reconnect and recreate historic vistas, but the redesign for the walk and surrounding gardens are new, not restorations.`

Mr Longstaff-Gowan added: ‘My work reflects my interest in the dramatic and sculptural potential of landscape, and is imbued with whimsical, historical eclecticism.

‘I like to think that my gardens are intelligent as well as beautiful, as they are informed by my training as an architect, landscape architect, geographer and historian.’



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