Did you know that the ornamental Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park was created by a chartered surveyor?
Sir Eric Savill (1895–1980) was the son of a chartered surveyor, Sir Edwin Savill. After serving in the First World War and being awarded the Military Cross at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, he returned to Cambridge University in 1920.
Sir Eric became a PA of RICS in 1920 and a Fellow in 1930. He was a partner in his father’s firm Alfred Savill and Sons (now Savills plc) from 1926 to 1930 and served on the RICS Land Agency Committee from 1937-1938.
From 1930 until his retirement in 1970, Sir Eric was involved in managin the Windsor Crown Estate, which included Windsor Great Park. He held various posts including Deputy Ranger and Crown Estate Surveyor from 1930 to 1958, Director of Forestry and Gardens from 1958 to 1962, and Director of Gardens from 1962 until 1970.
Sir Eric left a legacy to the nation. The Savill Garden, which opened in 1951, used the natural features of Great Windsor Park including lakes, woodland, streams and heaths. They stand as a testimony to his instinctive flair for landscaping and horticulture. The gardens were named by the command of George VI.
Sir Eric went on to become a founder member and Chair of the Ministry of Transport’s landscape advisory committee in the 1960s and a council member and vice-president of the Royal Horticultural Society in the 1950s and 1960s.
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