New Place is, of course, a Registered Park and Garden. For many months we have been installing foundations and ground works which feels as far cry from creating a beautiful green space. It was with some relief then that our first bit of greenery arrived on site this week. 26 semi-mature pleached hornbeams were delivered in a large lorry which took an entire day to unload carefully. It then took another two days to plant by Jill Houghton and her team. The root balls were carefully braced beneath the ground to keep them securely in place whilst the root systems grow. The hornbeams will form a circle around the heart of the house.