Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells

Dunorlan is a grade ll park centred on the pleasure grounds designed by Robert Marnock in the late 1850s for a villa on the edge of Tunbridge Wells. ACTA worked with engineers, landscape architects and architects to prepare a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and acted as project managers for the detailed design and construction.

Services included:

  • detailed restoration proposals and design;
  • period planting design;
  • restoration of the lake;
  • replacement of the cedar avenue;
  • refurbishment of the cafĂ©;
  • construction of new paths and two new buildings.

The Pulhamite rockwork, cascade and terracotta fountain were repaired and the unique Pulhamite gazebo refurbished. Lost rockwork was found and incorporated in the restored landscape.

The project has won Civic Trust, BALI and Green Flag awards.

Planting was designed in the style of Robert Marnock and responding to the acid soil conditions.

The 1860s cedar avenue had severely decayed and many trees were missing. Following extensive public consultation, broad support was obtained for its clearance and replanting.
The replacement avenue two years after replanting.

The lake was restored and a new boathouse constructed.