The Wilderness is one of the 18th century English Landscape Garden features that survives in the park. It was the perfect place for a leisurely walk with family or friends and we want to recreate this in the modern park.

    Tucked away in the Wilderness are the ruins of the Doric Seat, an 18th century neo-classical folly which was used as a place to walk out to and as a place to take tea more privately than in the confines of the Manor. A folly is defined as a garden structure that "demonstrates eccentricity or excess rather than practical purpose... They demanded attention and were intended to impress" [1]. We are reinterpreting the Doric Seat as a quiet place for a picnic, to relax or as somewhere for a story, much how it would have been used originally. The outline of the structure is being recreated as a low stone wall and visitors will be able to visualise what the original folly looked like and the view it would have had over the Ouse Valley.

    We have also created wheelchair-accessible footpaths to meander through the Wilderness as originally intended, where we have also planted new trees and will soon be planting shrubs. A boardwalk now leads underneath the ancient Lime Tree to protect its roots for the future.

    The Wilderness is also home to the lime leaf stepping stones, which are one of the playable sculptures in the park. They were created by local stonemason Louis Francis.

    Click here to find out more about the 18th century Pleasure Garden.

    [1] Symes, M. (2006) A Glossary of Garden History. Princes Risborough: Shire Publications Ltd.

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