Walled Garden

Construction / Existing Condition

The walled garden is currenly closed to the public for health and safety reasons. Some of the structures are unsafe. We are actively fundraising to reverse this closure.

The walled garden appears to have been built between 1774 and 1782 (comparison of plans of that date). The Ainslie Plan indicates a rectangular structure and it is thought that the original structure was made of brick, which remains exposed on the interior walls. An outer skin of whinstone rubble construction was added at a later point, extending the garden to provide additional utility areas to the south west and south east, as shown on the 1st edition OS plan of 1848. The stone outer walls are now in poor repair, with ivy covering much of their area. The south east wall (of the triangle) has been damaged by a fallen tree. The maturity of the many trees within this area puts the walls further at risk.

Description of Proposed Work

To restore the stability of the boundary walls To restore the glasshouses To interpret the gardens within an interpretation zone established within the walled garden.
Establish visitor route through walled garden from woodland garden to interpretation point Repair and /or erect protection to prevent public access so that insurance restrictions can be lifted and the walled garden re-opened to the public.

Undertake survey of mature trees adjacent to walls of walled garden to identify which should be removed to prevent walls being damaged by tree growth or fallen branches. Remove ivy to expose surface of stone outer walls.
As south east wall of triangle is adjacent to a track used by the public erect fencing to keep public away from piles of rubble. Allow for re-building section of stone wall that is ruinous.

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