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Events, Workshops and Activities for 2018

2018 Events

There are many new events, workshops and activities planned for 2018. See details below.


Make Your Own Seed Bombs - Tuesday 5th June and Wednesday 6th June, 1.30 - 2.45 p.m.

This is a drop in session for children over 5 years old. Make your own seed bombs using 100% UK native wild flower seeds - perfect for a spot of guerilla gardening!!

There is a charge of £2.00 per participant. Tel. Kate Fitch on 01925 213638 for further information. No need to book.


Bread Making Workshops - 19 June, 4.45 - 8.00 p.m.

Learn how to make your own delicious home made bread. These hands-on workshops will give you all the skills and confidence you need to make wonderful, award-winning home made loaves. The sessions are informal and friendly and you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions. Full step by step demonstrations are given.


No baking experience is needed; it really is easier than you might imagine!



The sessions cost £45.00 per person.

Call Jen on 01925 357940 to for further information and bookings. Gift Vouchers are available.


Ecological Gardening Courses by Patch of the Planet

Hands-on Permaculture Training Group

Regular practical sessions to learn and practice permaculture whilst transforming a space at Grappenhall Community Library. Register your interest at

For further details and booking information for the above courses visit


NEW for 2018

Children's Parties by Wilder Things

Wilder Things have put together a series of outdoor parties that involve WILD experiences for your children. Based on 27 years experience and expertise in the natural environment and working with children, Tim Kirwin will deliver a unique and creative party experience for children from 5 - 12 years old.

Different party themes cater for different age groups and include:





Why not try something a little different! Click here for more details and contact information.


Green Flag Award 2017/18

Photo - Graham Richardson, Gardener/Manager, volunteers Nancy Walsh and David Myers,

Councillor Ian Fountain, Treasurer of the Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden.


The walled garden has recently been given the prestigious GREEN FLAG AWARD 2017/18, achieving the maximum possible score.

This is a mark of a quality park or green space and is given in recognition of achieving the national standard for parks and green spaces

Feedback comments included the following:

'The Walled Garden is an excellent example of a working partnership between a passionate friends group and a committed Parish Council. The gardens ooze enthusiasm and feels well loved by the local community and wider community. You get a real sense of well being within in the Garden, keep up the excellent work'.





New early breakfast opening time on Fridays.

FRIDAY 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.


Afternoon Teas are now available at the cafe. This will include a selection of sandwiches, cakes and scones with clotted cream and strawberry conserve served on a 3 tier cake stand plus a pot of tea. Advance booking is required and a table will be reserved for you. Please ring 07999 619575 for further details and to make a reservation or contact via Facebook - Facebook@ApeBars.


A range of breakfast items are available from 10.00 - 12.00 a.m. including breakfast paninis, rolls and pastries. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

A lovely selection of warming, home made soups will be available through the winter months. Recent soups have included French onion, cauliflower cheese, roasted pumpkin and butternut squash, pea soup with sausage, carrot and coriander and new flavours will be introduced throughout the season.

Call in and try one of our new festive drinks such as gingerbread hot chocolate.




OPENING TIMES - The cafe is now open from 10.00 - 4.00 p.m. on Fridays and 10 00 - 5.00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

CAKES - There will be the usual tempting array of home baked cakes to choose and a selection of flapjacks and shortbreads (gluten free options are available too).


    Coconut and lime cake                           Chocolate brownies                             Lemon Cake


SAVOURIES - Look out for delicious new paninis, sandwiches and savoury specials (See blackboard for details on the day). There are also delicious vegetarian and vegan options available. Take outs can be supplied if you don't have time to linger.


             Cheese and red onion panini                              Hand made Aberdeen Angus steak burger


COFFEE - We are proud to be using the finest Beanmachines No.4 coffee beans to produce a really great cup of coffee. This blend was developed by their master Baristas to produce a coffee that is both strong and sweet with exceptional body, a hint of toasted hazelnut and dark cocoa and balanced throughout with subtle floral notes. We hope that you will enjoy it. For those who like flavoured coffee we have Vanilla, Toffee, Hazelnut and Gingerbread syrups available.

Excellent Cappuccino, Espresso, Latte and Americano coffee will be served by trained Baristas as well as hot chocolate and a wide selection of teas and soft drinks. In addition to this David and Donna plan to introduce Smoothies and Milkshakes as soon as possible.


We hope that you will come and visit very soon to meet the team, look out for the new uniforms! Donna, David and their staff members will be pleased to welcome you.





Are you interested in volunteering at the walled garden?

We are always on the look out for new volunteers and we currently have opportunities in the following areas:

  • Gardening

  • Wardening

  • Event organisation and assistance

  • Vacancies - Friends of GHWG Committee

For further information please contact Kate Fitch on 01925 213638.



Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction.

We are proud to announce that Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden has been approved to join the Cheshire Gardens of Distinction campaign for 2015.

This will improve our networking opportunities, increase our public profile, particularly on the Visit Chester and Cheshire website, and means that the garden will be included in 5 marketing brochures which will be distributed throughout Cheshire. It will also provide an important networking opportunity, linking in with a consortium of other gardens such as Arley Hall and Tatton.








"Home of England's Finest Gardens - Whether you prefer to discover our fabulous

stately homes or get a blast of fresh air and wander through the gardens -

Cheshire’s gardens have something for everyone."


"From stately homes and secret gardens, the quintessentially English to exotic oriental planting,

it's Cheshire's ever-changing landscape that continues to inspire and attract us -

and the thousands of visitors that relax in,

and enjoy, our gardens every year."

Click here to access the Facebook page.




The garden has received a gold award, from the Wildlife Trusts Cheshire, for habitat, planting and garden management work and by achieving more than twelve wildlife friendly features.




The glasshouses are now complete and the Community Space is open so come along and take a look at our beautiful new facilities.


Here are some shots taken during construction.

This is glasshouse 1 which is now the heritage display space.






The photos below are the central glasshouse which is the large community space including the cafe area. The tiled floor was being laid at the time the photos were taken.







Building work continued on the remaining section of the glasshouses which are now the horticultural space.






To share and publicise our project a time lapse camera was installed on a 10 metre tall mast to capture high quality photos of the site every 15 minutes; the last photo can be seen below. Photos were taken from 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. every day for the duration of the work, which was expected to take around 9 months.

This facility has been provided by professional time lapse specialists, Lobster Pictures Ltd,  who install above HD quality cameras for remote site monitoring and time lapse photography and provide a fully managed service. See for further information. 

Lobster Pictures have created Lobster Vision, their own exclusive viewer, to provide many unique features including full image archive, download and automatic time lapse video creation. A professionally edited time-lapse video will be produced every 3 months and a final edit will be created at the end of the project to show the regeneration of the glasshouses from start to finish in a matter of minutes.

The video will also capture the changing seasons and some of the growth in the kitchen garden throughout the spring and into summer. We hope that you will enjoy visiting this site to monitor progress.



To see the edited time lapse video footage showing progress from October 2013 to February 2014 click the play button on the YouTube link below. The full time lapse will be uploaded in the next couple of weeks when the edit is complete.





The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of £961,000 in June 2012 to regenerate the large run of derelict Foster and Pearson glasshouses. A further £95,000 was awarded in September 2013 to make a total of £1,056,000. The additional grant was necessary to be able to restore the whole run of glasshouses after costs quoted to complete the work came in over the original budget. This shortfall unfortunately caused delays in starting the building work.

The regeneration work has restored the glasshouses to their former glory, completing the garden, preserving important local heritage and improving facilities available to visitors.

The Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden contributed £25,000 towards the match funding required in relation to the Heritage Lottery Fund Grant. This was a result of many fundraising events held over previous years and also the proceeds of weekly refreshments provided in the cafe at the garden. We are very grateful to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this possible.

The proposals involved an ambitious restoration of the whole run of derelict glasshouses. Some areas have been restored as working glasshouses for plant propagation and display, other areas are used for practical work and demonstrations. There is a multi purpose community space, exhibition space and meeting rooms/classrooms along with improved toilet facilities, office and storage space. A well equipped kitchen and new seating and tables overlooking the kitchen garden have resulted in greatly improved cafe facilities.

Members of the Parish Council Working Group have worked long and hard with the Architect, over a period of around 6 years, to put together all the necessary paperwork for the grant applications. As part of this process a Conservation Management Plan was produced to provide a framework for the future of the garden click here to view.

Members of the Parish Council Glasshouses Regeneration Project Working Group and Architect.

Following consultations involving schools, local communities and other interest groups, plans were developed to make the best use of the space available to fulfil the needs of the garden whilst working within the constraints of preserving valuable heritage features and reusing as many of the original materials and ironwork as possible.

Further information about the Heritage Lottery Fund can be found at

The photo below shows the condition of the glasshouses before work commenced. Click on the following links to see the restoration plans.

Artistic impression, plan 1, plan 2.


The glasshouses in their derelict state.



The Parish Council appointed Lambert Walker Conservation & Restoration Ltd (, who were based in Preston, to carry out the reconstruction of all eight glasshouses plus refurbishment of the back sheds and the contractors arrived on site on Monday 14 October 2013. Containers were installed in the back yard to provide office and storage space for both the contractors and the Gardener/Manager, Graham Richardson. The glasshouses and back yard were surrounded by protective fencing and there was no access to this area for visitors. 'Hard Hat Days' were organised so that visitors could take part in organised tours of the site.

The work was expected to take approximately 35 weeks; this meant that the new facilities would be complete by June/July 2014. The work was not actually completed until  the end of August. It has been a long and bumpy ride to get to this point but it has been well worth the very long wait. Click here to see how the finished glasshouses look.



The Parr Family and Grappenhall Heys  

A history book entitled 'The Parr Family and Grappenhall Heys' by Margaret Fellows and Ian Gault has been produced on behalf of the Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden to raise funds towards the regeneration of the glasshouses. The book traces the history of the Parr Family and the Grappenhall Heys Estate and contains many photos and illustrations.

The book is priced at £6.00 and is available from the Parish Council office on Bellhouse Lane, Grappenhall and at garden events.

Telephone 01925 264918 for further details.

Summer Play Scheme 2010 - Animation on Youtube

The 2010 Summer Play Scheme was very successful and we received many lovely letters of thanks from the children saying that they enjoyed it. As part of the play scheme the children worked with local artists, One Red Shoe, to produce an animation using materials found in the garden. To view the animation on Youtube click the following link:

Kitchen Garden Photos

Here are a selection of photos from our beautiful kitchen garden. Graham Richardson, the Gardener Manager, and our volunteers work very hard to ensure that the kitchen garden is well stocked with produce throughout the growing season.     










These photos were taken in the garden. Thanks to all the keen photographers who send these pictures to the Parish Council office; keep them coming please.










Garden Produce

A variety of produce is sold at the garden when in season and is displayed on our lovely produce cart.



Introduction to Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

Welcome to Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

The Garden was built in the early 19th century for the neighbouring house of Grappenhall Heys, to produce food and flowers for the house and as a pleasure ground.

Over recent years the Garden has been extensively restored, and it is now starting the latest phase of its life under the ownership of Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council. 

The vision is to provide a resource for Grappenhall and the surrounding area, a tranquil oasis within the community, as well as a living example of a Victorian Walled Garden. 

Since the Parish Council has owned the garden it has:

  • employed a Visitor Warden;

  • employed a Gardener Manager;

  • employed a Community Outreach Officer;

  • completed refurbishment of the glasshouses and outbuildings using a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant;

  • produced this website and an information leaflet; and

  • held various friends events including Apple Day, all of which were well attended.

Please come and visit this special place, and get involved in helping to develop it for future generations to enjoy.


Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden was created by the Warrington banker Thomas Parr around 1830 when he built a new house for his family. 

The Garden enjoyed its heyday in the late 19th century.  From historical maps, 1875 to 1899 appears to have been the zenith for the estate.

In the 20th century the house and its grounds, along with many country estates, began to decline.  The house was demolished in 1975, but the Garden was retained as an amenity for the local community. 

English Partnerships refurbished much of the Garden as part of their development of the area with new housing.  Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council took ownership of the Garden in 2005. The transfer was backed by an endowment which provides funding for maintaining the Garden, so its future is secure.

The Parish Council has now achieved many of the goals it set itself for the first few years and will continue to develop the garden, with the emphasis on maintaining a peaceful resource for the community and promoting its use and enjoyment by the people of the local and wider area.


Find out more about the history of the Garden.

The Garden

The Walled Garden consists of two main areas, the Kitchen Garden and the Pleasure Grounds.

The Garden is unusual because it combines Kitchen and Pleasure Gardens within one walled area, and also because the Pleasure Grounds contain three ponds.

The Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden has a formal geometrical layout, typical of most productive gardens.  It would have provided the fresh produce required by the Parr household. 

It contains the greenhouses which would have provided fruit such as grapes and peaches for the Parr’s dinner table.  The greenhouses are backed by buildings which were used as working and storage space for the gardens.

Fruit, vegetables and flowers are now grown in the kitchen garden with the help of volunteers.

The Pleasure Grounds

The Pleasure Grounds are laid out informally.

The Parr family could enter the pleasure grounds from a door near the house, without having to go through the working area of the Kitchen Garden.  They could then take a circular walk which followed the walls, admiring the ornamental shrubs and trees before returning through an arch in the Yew hedge, flanked by two long flower borders in front of the greenhouses.

Find out more about the Garden today.





It is now possible to hire a room at the walled garden during the daytime. Would you like to hold a meeting or event there?

For further details of room availability, prices and booking information please click here to download a booking form.

Community Room

School Room






















GARDEN facebook PAGE

Click here to see more photos, news and updates on the Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden facebook page.  


The garden is on Witherwin Avenue, near the roundabout on Lumb Brook Road.

We are now open as follows:

CLOSED on Mondays.

1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday.

9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. Friday.

10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Sunday.

Entrance is free.

PLEASE NOTE that the CAFE opens only on Friday 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

CAR PARK - Parking is available in the public car park on Stansfield Drive and there are WC facilities on site.

Find out more about visiting us.



Would you like to have your wedding photos or engagement photos taken in the lovely surroundings of the Walled Garden? Bookings can be made for a fee of £40.00.

Click here for more information.


Please note that the old email address,, is no longer in use. Please use

Current Issues

Click here to find out more about current issues and developments at the garden.

Summer Colours


Geranium 'Mrs Kendall Clark'

Azalea 'Persil'

Agapanthus Royal Blue

To see more plants of interest click here.

Get Involved

We hope that the Friends will continue to have an active role in the Garden, and we welcome everyone who is interested in helping the garden to develop. There are now four active volunteer groups up and running:

  • Events

  • Gardening

  • Visitor Wardens

  • Historical Research

Find out more about the Friends.

Your memories

Do you, or someone you know, remember the Garden when it was part of Grappenhall Heys Estate, or after the house was unoccupied?

We want to learn more about the Garden's past so we can make better plans for its future.

Please get in touch with us and share your memories.

Contact Us

The Garden is owned by Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council.

Find out how to contact us.




Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

Witherwin Avenue




Tel. 01925 213638


Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council

Council Office

Bellhouse Farm

Bellhouse Lane


Warrington WA4 2SG

Tel/Fax 01925 264918 

(Monday to Thursday 2-4.30 pm)



© Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council, 2006