The landscaping team set to work and prepare the site.
The Paddock Garden was originally the tennis courts for Lord Digby’s School which closed in the early 90’s.
After acquiring the land and long deliberation Sherborne Town Council decided that the area should be turned into a garden. They ran an amateur garden design competition in the town and the winning design was duly constructed.
The Company of Landscapers won the contract and, led by Alan Dodge, began clearing the site in January 2005. All the old tennis courts were bulldozed and dug out, the resulting spoil put to one side for recycling as sub-base material.
A metamorphosis gradually took place over the following nine months. Walls and steps were constructed, paving and edgings laid, beds and borders dug, turfs laid and plants planted.
The garden was opened in October 2005 by the incumbent mayor Mr. Peter Rhodes and Alan Titchmarsh of the gardening world seen here in the picture with The Company of Landscapers Alan Dodge (3rd from left).
The Company of Landscapers won a BALI Award for Hard Landscaping for the Paddock Garden Project in 2006.