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NEW 2016 Workshops and Activities

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.

Click here to see the Summer 2016 events list.

For further information please ring Lynn Podmore on 01925 213638 or email enquiries@ghwalledgarden.org.uk.

 

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 including:

pies, quiches, hot food, BBQ food,

meats, cheeses, pickles and preserves,

sauces, cordials, teas and more.....

We hope you will be able to come along and sample something delicious. The cafe will be open as usual for refreshments.

 

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."

 

www.cheshiresgardens.org.uk

Click here to access the Facebook page.

 

WILDLIFE FRIENDLY GARDEN AWARD

 

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.

 

 

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 you.

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 new menu 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 Room Cafe

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 Gingerbread available.

  

 

  

 

PHOTOS TAKEN DURING CONSTRUCTION

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.

  

 

    

NEW COMMUNITY OUTREACH OFFICER

We 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 programmes.

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 son.

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 email - lynn@ghwalledgarden.org.uk

 

TIME LAPSE CAMERA

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 www.lobsterpictures.tv 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.

 

 

RESTORATION OF THE GLASSHOUSES

HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND AWARDS £1,056,000

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 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 kitchen garden.

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 view.

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

Following consultations 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.

Further information about the Heritage Lottery Fund can be found at www.hlf.org.uk

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.

Artistic impression, plan 1, plan 2.

 

The glasshouses in their derelict state.

 

BUILDING WORK

The Parish Council appointed Lambert Walker 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; 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.

 

Photos of the garden

 

 

 

HISTORY BOOK 

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.

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 information.

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK38KjyULqo

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.     

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

Permanent Gazebo

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. 

 

Tree Sculptures

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 them.

Photos

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.

     

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 events click here.

To view the minutes of the AGM please click here.

To download a membership form from the website click here.

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.

History

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.

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.

Future Plans

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.

Find out more about future plans.

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GARDEN facebook PAGE

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

NEW OPENING TIMES

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

We are now open EVERY DAY from:

1.00p.m. to 4.00p.m. Monday to Saturday and

12.00 - 4.00 p.m. on Sundays. Entrance is free.

PLEASE NOTE that the cafe is only open on a Sunday from 12.00 - 3.30 p.m. during winter months.

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.

EMAIL ADDRESS

Please note that the old email address, info@ghwalledgarden.org.uk, is no longer in use. Please use grichardson@ghwalledgarden.org.uk

Current Issues

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

Summer Colours

Allium

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.

 

 

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Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

Witherwin Avenue

Grappenhall

Warrington

WA4 3DS

Tel. 01925 213638

E-mail: grichardson@ghwalledgarden.org.uk

Website:www.ghwalledgarden.org.uk         

Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council

Council Office

Bellhouse Farm

Bellhouse Lane

Grappenhall

Warrington WA4 2SG

Tel/Fax 01925 264918 

(Monday to Thursday 2-4.30 pm)

E-mail:  clerk@grappenhallandthelwallpc.org.uk

Website: www.grappenhallandthelwallpc.org.uk 

© Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council, 2006