Sissinghurst - An Unfinished History

Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History

Adam Nicolson reads from his account of Sissinghurst, one of Britain's most celebrated gardens, purchased by his grandparents Vita Sackville-west and Harold Nicolson in 1932.

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Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History

Adam Nicolson reads from his account of Sissinghurst, one of Britain's most celebrated gardens, purchased by his grandparents Vita Sackville-west and Harold Nicolson in 1932.Adam recalls his early years, planting his first tree and smoking his first cigarette.

Adam Nicolson's story of the popular British garden, started in 1932 by grandparents Vita Sackville-west and Harold Nicolson.

Adam Nicolson's story of the popular British garden, started by his grandparents in 1932.

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Adam Nicholson recalls life at the famous Kent garden.

His mother leaves the family home, and tourism takes over from farming.

The Nicolson family's life at Sissinghurst may have seemed idyllic from the outside, but inside lay a deep unhappiness.

Adam Nicolson recalls life at the famous Kent garden. His mother leaves the family home, and tourism takes over from farming.

Adam Nicolson recalls life at the famous Kent garden.

03Dealing With The Trust2008082720110427 (BBC7)
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In his account of the famous Kent garden, Adam Nicholson wants to create an organic farm, but others aren't so sure.

Adam Nicholson recalls life at the famous Kent garden.

Adam's vision for the future of his family home needs National Trust backing and support from the people who work at Sissinghurst.

In his account of the famous Kent garden, Adam Nicolson wants to create an organic farm, but others aren't so sure.

Adam Nicolson wants to create an organic farm, but others aren't so sure.

Reading his account of the famous Kent garden, Adam Nicolson wants to create an organic farm, but others aren't so sure.

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Adam's ambitious plans for the return of Sissinghurst to a productive farm encounter suspicion and opposition.

In his account of the famous Kent garden, Adam Nicholson faces opposition to his plan to return to productive farming.

Adam Nicholson recalls life at the famous Kent garden.

In his account of the famous Kent garden, Adam Nicolson faces opposition to his plan to return to productive farming.

Adam Nicolson faces opposition to his plan to return the Kent garden to productive farming

05 LASTThe Way Forward2008082920110429 (BBC7)
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Adam must now convince the people who work at Sissinghurst to back his plans to return the estate to the working landscape he knew as a boy.

Concluding his recollections, Adam Nicolson must convince his workers to back the garden's return to a working landscape.

Adam Nicholson recalls life at the famous Kent garden.

Adam Nicolson must convince his workers to back the garden's return to a working landscape