NEW 2016 Workshops
Our new Community Outreach
Officer, Lynn Podmore, and the Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden
have put together a comprehensive
list of workshops and activities for 2016.
to see the Summer 2016 events list.
For further information please ring
Lynn Podmore on 01925 213638 or email
To see the full list of 2016
events organised by the
Friends of Grappenhall Heys
Walled garden click here.
Food Fayre - Sunday 22 May,
11.00 - 4.00 p.m.
There will be a Food Fayre on
Sunday 22 May with lots of fabulous artisan produced food stalls
pies, quiches, hot food, BBQ
meats, cheeses, pickles and
sauces, cordials, teas and
We hope you will be able to come
along and sample something delicious. The cafe will be open as usual for
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
attract us -
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
GLASSHOUSES NOW COMPLETE
The glasshouses are now complete
and the Community Space is open so come along and take a look at our
beautiful new facilities.
THE FOUNTAIN ROOM CAFE - open
on Sundays from 12.00 - 3.30 p.m.
We are now
serving refreshments on Sundays between 12.00 and 3.30 p.m.
and our Temporary Cafe Co-Ordinator, Chris Cachart, will be on hand to welcome
We serve Cappuccino, Espresso, Latte
and Americano coffee as well as hot chocolate and a wide selection of
teas. We also stock a range of Fentimans
botanically brewed beverages for you to try and, of course, our own
pressed apple juice made from apples grown in our kitchen garden.
There is always tempting array of
home baked cakes to choose from including carrot cake, chocolate cake,
lemon drizzle cake and coffee and walnut cake and a new selection of
flapjacks and shortbreads. We now offer gluten free options too.
We have recently introduced some savoury
items to our menu and now serve toasted sandwiches with a side salad and
our special home made coleslaw, Mr Wards marvellous
pork pies and delicious home made soups and stews. We are keen to introduce
items made from seasonal produce grown in the garden as and when it
becomes available so look out for specials. Why not try our delicious
new range of Daresbury Ice Creams next time you visit. Take outs are
available if you don't have time to linger. We hope that you will come and visit very soon.
New Espresso machine at the Fountain
The cafe finally has it's long
awaited new espresso machine. As regular customers will know, we
experienced a great many problems with our last coffee machine but we
now have a beautiful, brand new,
traditional espresso machine.
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 come and try it very soon. You can
pick up one of our loyalty cards as well; ask the volunteers for one
while stocks last.
We are now stocking Sweetbird
syrups for those who like
flavoured coffee. We have Vanilla, Toffee, Hazelnut and seasonal
PHOTOS TAKEN DURING CONSTRUCTION
Here are some shots taken during
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
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
NEW COMMUNITY OUTREACH OFFICER
are delighted to introduce our new Community Outreach Officer, Lynn
Podmore, who started on Tuesday 29 April. Lynn is pictured here with
Graham Richardson, the Gardener/Manager. Lynn will be engaging with
schools, young people, community groups, cultural groups and local
organisations to encourage wider use of the garden and deliver a
programme of learning events and activities which will take advantage of
the new facilities available within the restored glasshouses.
Lynn brings a wealth of
experience with her and has worked in heritage education for many years,
for National Trust, Council and Independent Heritage Organisations such
as Tatton Park, Quarry Bank Mill and Wrexham Museum.
She most recently worked at
Tatton Park as the Learning and Visitor Services Manager where she was
responsible for managing the Education and Visitor Services Teams. Here
Lynn created new learning events for adults, families and children and
the education department received a special award for school curriculum
Lynn is very happy to be joining
Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden as the Community Outreach Officer and is
looking forward to working with the Friends, volunteers and Community
Groups to bring more visitors and activities to the site. Lynn is
originally from Bolton but now lives in Chester with her husband and
Lynn will be based mostly at the
Parish Council office until the facilities at the garden are complete.
If you wish to contact Lyn she can be reached on 01925 264918, or by
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
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.
RESTORATION OF THE GLASSHOUSES
FUND AWARDS £1,056,000
(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 will restore
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 were delighted to announce that they would be
contributing £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 involve an
ambitious restoration of the whole run of currently derelict
glasshouses. Some areas will be restored to be working glasshouses for
plant propagation and display, other areas will be used for practical
work and demonstrations. There will be a multi purpose community space, exhibition space and meeting
rooms/classrooms along with improved toilet facilities, office and
storage space. A well equipped kitchen will enable improved cafe
facilities to be provided with seating and tables overlooking the
Members of the Parish Council
Working Group have worked long and hard with the Architect, over a
period of about 6 years, to put together 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
Members of the Parish Council
Glasshouses Regeneration Project Working Group and Architect.
involving schools, local communities and other interest groups, plans
have been 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.
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 plans of how the
glasshouses will look following restoration.
The glasshouses in their derelict state.
The Parish Council appointed
Conservation & Restoration Ltd (www.lambertwalker.co.uk), who are 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;
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.
here to see how the finished glasshouses look.
Photos of the garden
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
Memories of the Garden
The Historical Research
Co-ordinators for the Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden have
been in touch with residents who have kindly agreed to share some of
their memories of the garden with us. Visit the History page for more
Summer Play Scheme 2010 - Animation
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
In 2010 a beautiful permanent gazebo structure
was installed in the
yard area at the garden.
Given the unreliability of
British weather this allows event organisers to be able to sleep at
night in the run up to an event, secure in the knowledge that an under
cover space is available on the day. It is a
very sturdy structure and will not blow over in high winds.
It was jointly funded by the
Parish Council, the Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden and the
Warrington Borough Council Stronger Together Initiative.
Two tree stumps were beautifully
carved, by Nigel McQuilton, into sculptures of two Buzzards and an Owl.
The carving took place in April 2009. The weather was fine
on the day and visitors were able to see the sculptor at work as he created them.
We were delighted with the
results and hope that you will be able to take some time to come and see
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.
A variety of produce is sold
at the garden when in season and is displayed on our lovely produce cart.
Friends of Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden
To see the latest newsletter
from the Friends of Grappenhall Heys
Walled Garden please click here.
For an up to date list of
To view the minutes of the
AGM please click
To download a membership form from the website
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Welcome to Grappenhall Heys Walled
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
completed refurbishment of
the glasshouses and outbuildings using a Heritage Lottery Fund
produced this website and an
information leaflet; and
held various friends events
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
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.
more about the history of 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
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.
Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish
Council took ownership of the Garden from English Partnerships 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 achieved
many of the goals it set itself for the first few years. The Parish Council
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 area.
out more about future plans.