Dan Pearson appointed to work at Dartington Hall


We are delighted to announce that Dan has been appointed to work on a landscape and garden masterplan and management plan for the Dartington Hall Trust.

The Dartington Hall Gardens have an outstanding heritage. Predominantly of the 20th century, they are nonetheless steeped in history as they incorporate the remains of a medieval landscape on an estate that can be traced back as far as the 9th century. With a wealth of antiquarian features to explore – be it a yew tree at least 1,500 years old, a Holy Well or a Henry Moore sculpture (The Reclining Figure) the Gardens are a monument to the vision and enterprise of the great families who have owned the estate in the last millennium.

Dan will be treading in the footsteps of some internationally and nationally renowned garden and landscape designers from the last century who have left their mark in the Gardens. These include leading American designer Beatrix Farrand (1934-39) who also designed campuses for the White House, Princeton and Yale; respected British designers Henry Avray Tipping (1925-30), Percy Cane (1945-c1960) and Georgie Wolton (1992) and Danish-born Preben Jakobsen (1985).

Dartington Hall Trust CEO Rhodri Samuel says:

"Dan is the next in line of a series of world class designers who have helped to shape our beautiful gardens at Dartington Hall. Great gardens are living, evolving places and Dan’s brief combines respect for the past with opportunities to innovate and excite. This chimes with our founders Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst’s belief in ‘reverence for the old and a joy in the new’. I cannot think of a more sensitive and imaginative designer to entrust this project to.We are extremely grateful to our funders for enabling this project to happen and to our trustees and Gardens Advisory Committee for supporting Dan’s appointment."

Dan Pearson says:

“I was aware of Dartington’s reputation as a centre of holistic living and arts education long before I first visited. In the space of forty years Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst’s radical, new approaches to farming and land management, and their integration of art, craft and design into daily life, created a progressive and liberal community that has been incredibly influential. The opportunity to engage with the estate as it starts on a new path of development and enhancement is hugely exciting. We are very much looking forward to starting the process of making the estate as accessible and functional as possible, reconnecting it with the agricultural and woodland landscape that surrounds it. We are particularly inspired by the opportunity to refresh and reinvigorate the historic gardens to make Dartington known again as a centre of best landscape and garden practice.”