Compton Verney House is an 18th century country mansion at Compton Verney near Kineton in Warwickshire, England, which has been converted into the Compton Verney Art Gallery.
Compton Verney wanted to restore the paths from the original Capability Brown landscape. Working in conjunction with a landscape architect, years had been spent approving a methodology to achieve this within the ecological and historic context of the grounds.
First, the routes were identified by very careful excavation and probing to find the paths throughout the woodland.
Cotswold Estates and Gardens worked in conjunction with the county archaeologists (Warwickshire) and ecologists to restore the paths.
There were badger sets in the woods and were these were found, the paths had to be rerouted, and no heavy plant or machinery could be used within 30m of the sets.
There was also a tree preservation order in place, so care had to be taken not to cut roots, break branches or disturb the trees in any way.
The paths themselved were resurfaced by first installing a geotextile layer, followed by a layer of hardcore and a topping of resin-bound gravel.
The woodland and estate ground at Compton Verney is now available to be enjoyed, improving and extending the visitor experience.