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The Gardens Trust visit to Rivington Terraced Gardens

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Rivington Terraced gardens

Horrobin Lane

Rivington

Greater Manchester

BL6 7SE

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With your appetites whetted by Maria Luczak’s forthcoming Gardens Trust lectures (in London on 14 March and Birmingham on 18 April) the GT is organising a visit to Rivington Terraced Gardens near Bolton, Lancashire. These historic gardens (grade II) laid out on the very edge of the West Pennine Moors with fine and extensive views were originally created for soap magnate Lord Leverhulme as a spectacular venue for him to relax in and entertain. Situated on the steep hillside below Rivington Pike, the Gardens were designed by landscape architect Thomas Mawson and his son between 1905 and 1922. Following Leverhulme’s death in 1925 they fell into a state of extreme decay and have been cherished locally in their ruinous state for decades since. Now with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund they are undergoing a three-year major programme of work by heritage professionals aided by enthusiastic volunteers to repair, stabilise and consolidate the extraordinary array of eleven listed buildings, structures and landscape features.

Guided tours will be led by Liam Roche, the site manager for Groundwork’s contractors and Elaine Taylor (Lancashire Gardens Trust) who has researched both Rivington and other Mawson gardens in Lancashire.

Ticket price includes coffee and biscuits on arrival (10.30) lunch of soup and sandwiches and afternoon tea including traditional Lancashire cakes, kindly provided by the ladies of Rivington Parish Church.

Walks will start and finish at Rivington Church, where parking is available. The terrain at Rivington is challenging, sturdy walking boots are essential, there will be two groups one taking a slightly easier route. This visit is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking.

There are plenty of hotels in the area (check out online), as those travelling from London and the south-east will probably need to arrive the day before for the 10.30 start. If you want to extend your stay, on Sunday 13 May Gresgarth Hall near Lancaster home of Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd (Chelsea Gold medal winning designer) will be open. Arabella has designed an Edwardian style garden in a romantic landscape which includes intensively planted herbaceous borders, lake/riverside walks, a rose-clad bridge and kitchen garden, in fact a whole day is recommended for the visit it is open from 11.00-17.00.

Why not make a weekend of it? For fans of Mawson and Arts & Crafts gardens it is one not to be missed!

https://www.visitnorthwest.com/sights/rivington-terraced-gardens/



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