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Bluebells bloom at American Cemetery

Bluebells bloom at American Cemetery

Thousands of bluebells, planted as part of our landscape plan for the new visitor centre at the American Cemetery, Madingley, were in bloom last month.

Our landscape plan included reinvigorating a strip of woodland next to the new building – which was dedicated in a ceremony a year ago – and specified the planting of almost 60,000 bluebell bulbs alongside the same number of wood anenomes and 39,000 snowdrops.

Our landscape design integrated the new building within the original Olmsted Brothers masterplan, forming a low backdrop to the main axis of the canal and the Great Mall. The visitor centre was inserted behind an existing yew hedge and between old oak trees, retaining the wooded backcloth to the site. Car parking was also rationalised and extended within the roadside woodland belt, with sensitive ‘no-dig’ approaches to construction.