Le parc du domaine de Carneville, enjeux d’hier et de demain by Guillaume GARBE – Château de Bénouville

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Le parc du domaine de Carneville, enjeux d’hier et de demain by Guillaume GARBE – Château de Bénouville

The Carneville estate park, past and future challenges

It was from the year 1775 that the Symon de Carneville family undertook to build the main building of the Carneville estate. The aim was to offer complementary architecture and landscape in a quest for aesthetics and balance. Nature serves as the backdrop and sets the scene for the Château, the physiocratic emblem of Cotentin.
The drying of the marshes, under orders from the crown between 1764 and 1770, then the creation of an ornamental pond by the Viscount René Clerel de Tocqueville, reinforced this desire for aesthetic balance and ecosystem, that were both useful and pleasant. Faced with climatic and environmental challenges, together with visitor attendance in the region of several tens of thousands per year, this quest for balance needs to adapt. Managing this estate associates human will and natural growth, both under constant mutation.
Since the mid 18th century, each generation has designed the ‘landscape of its contemporaries’.

Guillaume Garbe

Born in 1991 in Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Guillaume Garbe has developed a passion for Cotentin’s natural and historic heritage since his childhood. After studying at the Catholic University of Paris, then at the École du Louvre, he developed an activity as a gallery owner, an expert (FNEPSA) of the Barbizon school and, as from 2012, as owner-manager of the Chateau de Carneville.
An elected member of the board of La Demeure Historique since 2015, he now devotes all his time and energy to preserving and sharing the estate, in collaboration with the Association des Amis du Château de Carneville (AACC). The castle’s award as an ‘Emblematic Monument of Normandy’, within the framework of the ‘heritage mission’ initiated by Stéphane Berne, brought international exposure to this natural, social and heritage project.