Set in the outstanding landscape of Cranborne Chase, South Wiltshire these beautifully laid out gardens were created by General Pitt Rivers in 1880. Recognised by English Heritage as a Garden of National Importance, they were first privately owned gardens to be opened for public enjoyment.
The garden takes its name from a magnificent landmark tree (probably a Wych Elm) that stood on this site as early as the 10th century. The origin of the word ‘Larmer’ is so ancient that it can only be guessed at. Originally spelt Lavermere, ‘Mere’ would certainly mean a boundary, while ‘Laver’ might have come from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Laur’, perhaps meaning Laurel. King John (1189-1216) hunted in this area many times and tradition states he met with his huntsmen under the branches of the Larmer Tree. In 1880, General Augustus Lane Fox inherited the Rushmore Estate, a condition of the will being that he change his name to Pitt Rivers. General Pitt Rivers almost immediately set about creating the Larmer Tree Pleasure Grounds, which by 1899 were attracting over 44,000 visitors a year. Surrounding the main lawn he constructed a variety of builds intended to enlighten and educate his estate workers and visitors.
Following the General’s death in 1900 the gardens closed, opening only occasionally for specific events. In 1991 Michael Pitt Rivers, the General’s great grandson, set about restoring the gardens, however many of the buildings had been lost and laurel had swamped all but the main lawn. In 1995, these extraordinary gardens were reopened to the public.
Charlie is delighted to be leading this workshop, a new location for 2016 for Light and Land. He will guide you through the many considerations of composition and of course the techniques of exposure and filtration that provides the photographer with the confidence and ability to ‘get it right’ in camera. Due to this leader’s popularity, we expect high demand for places so to avoid disappointment, we urge you not to delay with your booking.
Please note you will need to bring your own lunch with you to this workshop, there is a fridge and storage area in the room we have hired for the day.
Charlie is widely regarded as the doyen of English landscape photographers. His style combines graphic finesse with an almost spiritual quality of calm and serenity. His distinctive treatment of historic Mediterranean landscapes in particular is instantly recognisable. Charlie is also...