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 How the Friends began

The story began in the mid-1990s when the Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden Conservation Group, a group of concerned local residents, were determined to stop the Garden being lost to make way for housing development. 

After an effective campaign they were successful, and the Commission for the New Towns (the predecessor of English Partnerships) agreed to retain the Garden and to refurbish it as a resource for the community. 

In 2005, when the Garden was transferred from English Partnerships to Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council with an endowment to fund ongoing maintenance, the Group's campaign to secure the future of the Garden was finally over. 

There is no doubt that the Garden's survival is due to the Group, and everyone who appreciates the Garden today owes them a debt of gratitude.

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 Friends of the Garden today

 

One of our volunteer wardens welcoming a visitor.

Now that the Garden's future is secure, the role of a supporters group is changing.

Over the last couple of years the Group has played a more active role in the Garden, through their own efforts and through helping to engage the local community.

The Parish Council would like the Friends to be an active group - not just people who want to be informed of developments, but people who want to roll their sleeves up and shape them. 

Suggested activities of the Friends include:

The Parish Council re-launched the Friends group so that volunteers could work under the direction of the Gardener/Manager. There are now five active volunteer groups; events, cafe, gardening, visitor wardens and historical research.

To download a copy of the latest Friends Newsletter see the link on the home page.

To see all the latest news and information visit: www.friendsofgrappenhallgarden.org.uk.

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 Joining the Friends

If you would like to play an active part in the future development of the Garden, and ideally but not necessarily live locally, the Friends are keen to hear from you.

Please get in touch at friends@ghwalledgarden.org.uk and let us know your contact details - with no obligation or to download a membership form from the website click here.

We will be able to discuss ways of getting involved which suit your interests and the amount of time you are able to spend. We will also ask for a subscription of 10.00 per household. Members are first to receive notification of forthcoming activities and events and are eligible for reduced prices on ticketed events. The subscription also goes towards covering our administration costs/mailings etc.

We look forward to hearing from you. See www.friendsofgrappenhallgarden.org.uk for the latest updates and information.

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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, 2006