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  Current Issues

The Grappenhall Heys Estate Committee meets as necessary to review garden policy and current issues. Click here to see the current Policy on Garden Use.

Issues arising during 2012 include the following:

The glasshouses and back sheds will be refurbished in 2013 thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and this will cause significant disruption to the garden. The back yard area and back sheds will be inaccessible to visitors during the construction phase of the work, though the pleasure garden and kitchen garden will remain open as usual to visitors on a daily basis.

There will be only a limited number of events held in 2013 and it is likely that these will have to be held elsewhere. Monthly refreshments will have to be suspended after March 2013 due to the fact that we will no longer have access to the kitchen or yard and portable toilet units will be hired for the convenience of visitors as the existing toilets will also be out of bounds during the refurbishment work.

There will be many issues to consider in the future as the garden develops, watch this space for further announcements.

 The Garden Today

The Walled Garden today reflects the different ages and influences which have shaped it over almost 200 years, from the mature trees and early Victorian boundary walls to modern ironwork and paths.

This section gives a 'visual tour' of the garden and introduces you to the people you may meet on your visit. A plan of the garden, to help guide you around, can be opened and printed here

Step through the entrance gate from Witherwin Avenue

(See the Visiting page for directions on how to get there)


As you enter the Garden from Witherwin Avenue, you come into the Pleasure Grounds with the ponds on either side.

Take some time to explore the ponds and the planting around them, but remember the water is deep and can be dangerous, especially to children and animals

Look south across the Beech pond.

Once you have explored the Pleasure Grounds, make your way to the end of the path and pass into the Kitchen Garden


Walk around and see what is growing, but please don't pick or tread on anything - this is a working garden

Notice the espalier fruit trees, many of them old varieties, growing against the walls


Visit the colourful herbaceous border in front of the glasshouses.

Complete the square of the Kitchen Garden passing the southern border, then walk back through the pleasure grounds. Take your time and explore, but keep away from  the water's edge.


Before you leave, turn right just before the exit gate and follow the path back to the Parrs' private gate into the Gardens, enjoying the traditional planting of Hollies

Turn at the end and retrace your steps, imagining the Parrs' world, before returning to the exit gate and the 21st Century.



Here are some plants which can be seen at the garden during springtime:


Anemone blanda                                    Snowdrops (Galanthus)                           Helleborus x hybrida Lenten Rose


Camellia                                        Fritillaria meleagris                                   Rhododendron 'Half Dam Lem'

Here are some of the plants which can be seen during the summer months:


Cardoon                                           Sunflower (Helianthus)                              Agapanthus 'Royal Blue'

(Cynara cardunculus)


Allium                                                    Water Lily (Nymphaea)                        Rudbeckia Goldsturm  


Here are some plants which can be seen in the autumn/winter months:



Fly Agaric                                                Schizostylis (Kaffir Lily)                        Aster novi-belgii 'Percy Thrower'



Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine                Garrya eliptica                                      Hamemelis mollis


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  Meet the Staff






Graham Richardson - Gardener/Manager

Graham came to Grappenhall after a time as a Horticultural Lecturer and has wide practical experience including time at Ness Gardens and the Henry Doubleday Research Association.

His function is to maintain the garden and also to ensure that visitors are welcomed and groups are guided. He is helped in this by a small, but growing band of community volunteers.

Graham is keen to involve the community and will be encouraging local schools to visit and participate in projects relating to the garden.

You can contact Graham on 01925 213638 or e-mail him at

Kate Fitch - Community Outreach Officer

We have recently employed a new Community Outreach Officer and we are very pleased to welcome Mrs Kate Fitch to the team. Kate was Horticulturalist and Commercial Manager for for the Walton Lea Partnership for many years and brings a wealth of experience with her.

The role of the Community Outreach Officer is to engage with the local and wider community, raise the profile of the garden and to develop events, workshops and outreach sessions relating to the historical and environmental legacy of the garden.

Programmes cater for various groups including family events, horticultural courses, school curriculum sessions, after school clubs, outreach talks, adult courses and guided tours of the grounds.

The post is paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Outreach Officer usually works Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

You can contact Kate Fitch on 01925 213638 or e-mail her at



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Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden

Witherwin Avenue




Tel. 01925 213638



Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council, 2006