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The Dorrepaal estate contains a villa with about 3,5 hectares of surrounding grounds. The estate houses a day care activity centre for the mentaly disabled. About sixty people work a six day week maintaining the gardens and greenhouses, running the garden centre and tea garden and looking after the farm animals. Furthermore, the estate is open to the general public. Visitors can walk in the park, take refreshments in the tea garden and there is a playground for children. At the garden centre plants and garden necessities can be bought.

The Dorrepaal estate has a unique cultural history. The estate is mentioned in texts dating as far back as the seventeenth century. A map dated 1839 shows a U-shaped pond with corresponding woods, indicating an English garden design. The impressive pond is still there, as well as three eighteenth century fruit walls. The fruit walls may date from an earlier, more formal landscape design. The villa still shows an excellent relationship to the design of the gardens.

However, a new design of the estate is called for. The project aims to unite three varied qualities: a public park, a work environment for the mentally disabled and cultural history. We make full use of Dorrepaalís cultural historic importance by seeing it as our starting point, generator and inspirator. The new landscape design will be implemented by the people who work at Dorrepaal. To aid the redesign of the park an introductory course in English landscape design has been developed.
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