The RWCS Dewstow Collection
RWCS Photographics @ Dewstow Gardens
Imagine discovering a lost garden with tunnels and underground grottoes buried under thousands of tons of soil for over 50 years. That’s what happened at Dewstow gardens. Built around 1895 the gardens were buried just after ww11 and rediscovered in 2000.
The gardens were created around the turn of the century by "James Pulham & Sons" landscapers, Rock Builders and Garden Designers. The gardens had been buried around the 1940s and 50s and after excavation, although some areas were in very poor condition, other parts remained as good as the day the gardens were built. Most of the repairs have now been completed during a massive restoration operation which began in 2000.
The gardens contain many ponds and rills but interestingly a labyrinth of underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries.The rock gardens are made up of a mixture of real stone and faced stone using various types of Pulhamite.
The first week in June 2008, the RWCS team set up a 2 day photo shoot at Dewstow Gardens, South Wales. Robin Wilson was invited by the owners, the Harris family, who Rob has known for many years, to come along and create a wide range of high quality photographs of the gardens and grottoes. It was a real privilege to be asked to create the first official images of these truly unique gardens. A very productive and enjoyable two days was had by all, with over 500 photos being taken on RWCS Nikon Equipment < D3x and D3s>
The aim for this new work is to set up the official single digital image source for the gardens, so that all of the Dewstow photographs can be managed by one photographer, and a single photo source - which is fotoLibra to support extended commercial use.
These photos are available to view at www.fotolibra.com: search by photographer and Dewstow. For more information about Dewstow Gardens, please visit their website at: www.dewstow.com
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