Site of the Week: Syon Park and the Enchanted Woodland

25.11.2016 | category: General

For an eleventh year, Syon Park's Enchanted Woodland will see the 600-year-old gardens and their 400-odd specimens of tree transformed by specially designed illuminations and lights. This gives a completely new feel to the trees and landscape; however, despite using modern technology during the event, it is still essentially a Brownian experience, with views and reflections, centring on the water and on Syon House.

The route can be completed in half an hour by those walking at a brisk pace, but to really enjoy the experience it is recommended that you allow longer for taking photos, admiring the installations and engaging with the interactive lights along the way.

There are 600 years of continuous garden history at Syon House, the London home of the Percy family. Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown didn’t enter the picture until 1753. At that time Syon was in the hands of the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, Hugh Smithson and Elizabeth Seymour, who inherited it in 1748 and took the Percy name two years later.

Much of Brown’s work is still clearly visible at Syon. Subsequent generations have left their mark, but it is still possible to trace the successive periods of Brown’s work over a period of some 20 years. Although surrounded by London, it is essentially a rural landscape of sweeping vistas, with hay meadows and grazing cattle, and a fine example of the development of parkland and pleasure grounds by Brown.

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About the author: Topher Martyn is the Head Gardener at Syon House.