Restored Georgian mansion gardens open to public

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Townhead in Slaidburn, winner of the Georgian Group Awards 2013 Country House Category, is to open its restored gardens later this month.

This Georgian property was meticulously restored to its original glory over a period of four years from 2009 until 2013. Previously on English Heritage’s At Risk Register and in great need of rescue, it had been unlived in for over 70 years and consequently the gardens could only be described as a wilderness.

The Walled Garden, historically known as “The Pleasure Grounds”, was the first area to be re-landscaped and re-planted. The buttressed walls themselves were a mammoth feat of repair, and the greenhouse, which looked a total wreck, was completely dismantled, repaired and re-built. After a major programme of drainage, the garden was ready to begin its transformation to include a 60 metre herbaceous border lined with lavender and thyme, an orchard, a wild flower garden, a vegetable area and a cut flower area. Now in its third season, this walled garden is gaining maturity and giving credit to its former description – the Pleasure Grounds.

More recently, in 2013, the house garden re-landscaping was completed. When the house was purchased some six years ago, all that remained around the house were a few brambles. Now, there are lawns, a magnificent oval pond, floral borders, a rockery, and climbing wisteria, passion flower, and roses, all looking over a stunning view towards Easington Fell.

The gardens, which will be open on Sunday June 28th from 2 until 5 pm, were designed and planted by Cath’s Garden Plants from Heaves near Sizergh in Cumbria who will have a plant stall at the event.

Between the house garden and the walled garden lies an interesting banked area known as The Folly where amongst the trees can be found a quirky collection of stone pillars, wooden and stone Buddhas, urns, a carved USA Uncle Sam, to name but a few interesting features.

If flowers aren’t your passion, then there is the display of vintage toy pedal cars to enjoy, or the opportunity to have a go at solving a series of clues around the gardens. There will also be the chance to guess the weight of an assortment of articles in the wheelbarrow.

Admission is £5 to include tea and cake, with proceeds going to the local Singing for Dementia.

Townhead in Slaidburn. (s)

The gardens at Townhead. (s)