Holkham Walled Garden has now been set up as a registered charity to take the Walled Garden restoration project forward to transform and conserve the beautiful walled garden for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. The organisation is governed by a board of five trustees.
8th Earl of Leicester
Thomas Edward Coke, succeeded to the title in May 2015. He had been actively involved in managing the estate since 1993, when he left the army, taking over from his father in 2007 and sits on the board of trustees. He has overseen the diversification of the estate away from its dependence on agriculture toward leisure, tourism and property development. He is the patron of the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust which is a not for profit registered charity working to preserve, save, enhance and promote the historic built environment.
George is based in north Norfolk and is a garden designer specialising in formal gardens. As a garden historian, he has extensive experience of the restoration and reconstruction of historic gardens from a wide range of dates. George has written several books on garden design and exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show from 1985 and has received several RHS gold medals.
Anthea was Norfolk County Organiser for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) for 22 years and served as a Trustee for the Charity from 2001 to 2008. She is a partner in WRB Foster & Partners, which runs a 4,400 estate in West Norfolk. The formal gardens were totally destroyed during WWII and were restored by Mrs William Foster with the help of Dame Sylvia Crowe and Jim Russell between 1946 – 1986. The garden has been further developed by Anthea and her husband, Neil, over the last twenty five years, and has included several substantial new planting schemes, particularly in the walled garden.
Lucy is a landscape designer who creates understated elegant gardens that are in tune with their surroundings, she also acts as a consultant breathing new life into existing gardens. She is based in both north Norfolk and London.