The Godolphin estate has a medieval enclosure in which a renaissance garden was made. Today there is a a forecourt, an inner garden and also an area known as the King's Garden planted with square beds and box hedging. The National Trust took over the estate in 2000 and wishes to restore the garden. With a marketing man's zest for hyperbole, the Trust writes that 'It is so rare to discover a garden such as this which has not been radically altered through the ages, and this is why it is considered to be one of the most important historic gardens in Europe. This garden is not about plants and flowers but about the unique surviving remains of a medieval pattern'.