Restoration of the walled garden is nearly done

Worden Park Walled Garden
Worden Park Walled Garden

Work to restore Worden Park’s Walled Garden and open it up to the public for the first time ever is on track for completion next month.

The Brothers of Charity have been working hard over the past 11 months, and in ‘challenging conditions’, to transform the old garden into a community space.

The scheme is on track to be unveiled towards the end of June, and services manager Ann Jones says it has been a real team effort.

“It’s going well,” she said. “The contractors are in now to carry out the final phase of work, and it should all be ready by the end of next month.

“We’re hoping to have a proper opening event at the start of July, in time for the school holidays, and it will be a great community occasion.”

She added: “A lot of hard work has gone into this project.

“The community payback team have done a lot and they have been a huge asset to us.

“There has been a lot of work taking place over winter, which has been tough, but everything is going very well.”

The vision is for the Walled Garden, which dates back to the 18th century and was originally part of the Worden Park stately home of the Farington family, to become an interactive museum.

Spaces where people can relax, picnic and learn about the history of the site will be created, and fruit trees and other plants will be planted to establish a garden ‘kitchen’.

Areas will also be provided in the potting sheds to display local talents and crafts, including drama productions and horticultural competitions.

“It will be open to the public seven days a week,” Ann added. “Community groups and schools will also be able to use the glasshouse as a classroom, and we will be doing workshops throughout the year, such as pickling and preserving foods.”