Italian Gardens Restoration

The stunning Italian Gardens in Kensington Gardens, commissioned by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in the 1860s, were in desperate need of restoration.

In 2011, thanks to a generous gift from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, we worked with the Royal Parks and specialist organisations to restore this Grade II listed site back to its former glory.

The main restoration work included

  • restoring the ornate Tazza fountain by extensively cleaning and re-carving  the Portland stone and white marble
  • removing 13 tonnes of silt from the fountain basins
  • adding fresh borehole water to the five fountains
  • recreating eight life-sized swan heads and necks and the arms of broken nymphs
  • re-planting the basins with native aquatic plants to recapture the Victorian vision

This project was part of Tiffany – Across the Water, which is a programme which has restored and renewed the ornamental and drinking fountains across London’s eight Royal Parks.

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