August, 2020


Since lockdown began buyers’ search criteria when considering a move has certainly changed. The appetite for outdoor spaces and gardens features strongly and for those properties with an especially well presented garden, premium prices are being achieved.

One way of creating an appealing and eye catching outdoor space is by adding a unique piece of garden art or sculpture. From wire sculptures to fluid shapes hewn in stone, or reflective spheres and metal forms resembling large plants, the variety of art available for your garden in endless. Outdoor art can enrich a garden in the following ways:

  • to catch and direct the eye
  • complement plants
  • reflect the light
  • bring a smile to a face
  • improve a view
  • enhance a landscape

Whether your taste is classic, contemporary or abstract, here are some sources of inspiration we recommend:

  • On Form Sculpture – a biennial show of top of the range stone sculptures at Asthall Manor in the Windrush Valley near Burford. Although it is not possible to visit the show this year, it remains online. The manor was home to the infamous Mitford sisters in the 1920s and the wonderful gardens were designed by Julian and Isabel Bannerman.
  • David Harber – his award-winning artworks grace some of the most prestigious addresses across the world, from public spaces to luxury developments, hotels and private gardens. Inspired by the interaction of light and reflection, David uses materials such as brass, copper, bronze, stainless steel and stone.
  • Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire: There are currently 17 sculptures which can be seen on the trail. The works of art are deliberately discrete in the woodland, for visitors to seek out or come across by chance. Check their website for the latest updates.
  • Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, North Devon: for inspiration view online or check the website for opening and online bookings if visiting in person. Broomhill is surrounded by hundreds of acres of woodland and bound by its own stream. It has grown into one of the largest permanent collections of contemporary sculpture in the south west of England.
  • New Art Centre, in Roche Court near Salisbury Wiltshire, is a sculpture park and gallery with an educational centre which is open to the public. Booking is essential if visiting, or browse the artists online.

If you are thinking of selling your property we would be happy to advise, and we can provide a complimentary Market Appraisal. Please get in touch with Pritchard & Company on 01608 801030 or email to