27th June 2003




The Victorian Gothic rectory at Riseholme is to be restored to its original splendour thanks to its new owners… and a team of garden design students from the neighbouring Lincolnshire School of Agriculture.


Mike and Gay Arnold have bought Riseholme Rectory, designed by Samuel Teulon for Bishop Kay in 1856, and embarked on a year-long project to renovate both the building itself and the rectory garden.


They approached Paul Ievins, a lecturer in Garden Design at the University of Lincoln, and commissioned a group of students to come up with new designs for the garden.


“The rectory was used as offices for a number of years and the garden has become rather neglected,” said Mrs Arnold. “We want to recreate a Victorian garden in keeping with the period of the house.


“We asked the students to come up with some innovative ideas and they’ve done a great job. They’ve been working on the project for three or four months and we were able to see their designs at the Lincolnshire Show.


“We’ve asked for a kitchen garden, a water feature, some statuary, a lawn for sports and games and a pavilion. But we want to preserve everything that we can - there are some fantastic trees, for example, which are very well established.


“We’d like to take ideas from everyone and incorporate them all into the scheme but at the end of the day we have to choose one winner, which will be really hard.”


Paul Ievins said that projects such as this are an important part of students’ work on the Advanced National Certificate course in Garden Design.


“Exciting live projects like this are one of the most rewarding elements of the course,” he said. “By providing real projects with real clients we aim to give our students the best possible experience.”


Mr and Mrs Arnold hope to have completed the renovation work by March 2004.


If you would like to know more about becoming a garden designer please contact Robena French on 01522 895389 or talk to Paul Ievins on 01522 895442.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                       email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk