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.