Kate has been involved with historic landscapes for nearly two decades and has been a freelance consultant since 2003. Sites have ranged from unique survivals of Elizabethan water gardens to early 20th century seaside parks.
Projects have been initiated by a number of factors; some have a strong planning element, and she has particular experience of educational institutions within designed landscapes. Another of Kate’s interests is in how historic sites fit into their landscape setting and she has lectured on the subject in the UK and Italy. She also has a unique expertise in how historic landscapes were used in the past and this helps to fuel her interest in finding solutions for historic landscapes today – how they can be relevant, accessible and appropriate.
Communication is a forté, both verbal and written. Kate has frequently explained the significance and need for changes in management of historic landscapes at public meetings, and with guided walks and lectures. After completing the historic landscape survey for Danbury Park, Essex County Council commissioned her to write a guidebook to pass discoveries on to the local community and users to the site.
Prior to 2003 Kate was part of Debois Landscape Survey Group, a consultancy that is particularly well regarded for its work on designs by Lancelot Brown and Humphry Repton, and she worked on sites by both these designers. Kate still collaborates with Debois on a number of projects.
From 1996 to 2001 Kate was Garden Historian at Stowe, arguably the most influential and renowned eighteenth century landscape garden, where the National Trust is still undertaking an ambitious restoration programme begun in 1990. Here she co-ordinated a ,1.3M bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as writing the conservation management plans for the parkland. Significantly she also gained experience of management of both a major multi-million pound restoration project and day to day running of a landscape open to the public.
Prior to this Kate cut her conservation teeth as Project Co-ordinator for the restoration of 2, Willow Road, Hampstead, a 1930s house built by the modernist architect Erno Goldfinger.
Kate gained a doctorate from Bristol University in 2009 with a thesis which explored the social history of Georgian and Regency landscapes entitled: Beautiful Objects and Agreeable Retreats – Uses of Garden Buildings in the Designed Landscape in England 1720-1820.
She lectures regularly on many aspects of historic landscapes to acadmic courses and conferences and local interest groups. Contact with academic institutions also allows her to keep up to date with the latest research carried out in the field of garden history.
She is a former trustee of both the Garden History Society and Hestercombe Gardens Trust.
More biographical information can be see here.
For each project a bespoke team is drawn from a select group of associate consultants whose specialisms complement Kate’s experience. This allows us to tailor our services and provide a personal response to a site and relationship with a client. We do not delegate work to juniors.
Regular members of the Historic Landscapes Team include:
Richard Glover, Historic Buildings Surveyor
Former building manager for the National Trust, specialist in the survey and repair of historic buildings of all kinds
Oliver Jessop, Archaeologist
Historic Buildings and Landscape survey specialist http://www.thejessopconsultancy.co.uk
John Phibbs, Principal Debois Landscape Survey Group
Expert in assessing field archaeology in historic landscapes; expert on Brown and Repton
Professor Tim Mowl
Architectural Historian and Historic Building Consultant
Dr. Sarah McKenzie
Jon Edgar, Landscape Designer and Manager
Experience of woodland management, new wetland creation and grant applications