Ham House and Garden (talk report)
Date posted: Wednesday 11th November 2015
Naomi Campbell has worked for the National Trust in a range of roles for the past 17 years. She now manages a group of properties including Ham House and Garden, and Petersham Meadows. On 22 October she gave us an insightful talk about current projects at Ham.
A garden conservation management plan has been produced with the aim of recreating the authentic â€˜spirit of placeâ€™ in the grounds. â€œHam House from the Southâ€ painted in the 1670s by Hendrick Danckerts was used as the first point of reference. When Naomi asked to see the Trustâ€™s archive material regarding Ham, 250 boxes of papers and artefacts were delivered. This material has been sorted through with the aid of a Heritage Lottery funded trainee. The many volunteers at Ham have been consulted and visitors were asked to complete a questionnaire about their impressions of the property.
Since Naomi became manager, the Orangerie restaurant has been remodelled and ingredients from the kitchen garden are used. There are more tours of the house and grounds, and only flowers grown in the garden are displayed in the house. Implementing the garden plan over the next 10 years will not alter the layout, but the plants may be changed, usually by incremental improvements. Work on the avenues and car parks is also proposed but that will take 40 years to complete.