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Rivington Terraced Gardens tour

Monday, 24 October 2016 12:03

The sun shone for our guided walk through the gardens with majestic views.

On Wednesday 19 October 2016 the Branch hosted a guided walk through Rivington Terraced Gardens.

The gardens were originally created for soap magnate Lord Leverhulme and are situated in on the hillside below Rivington Pike. The Gardens were designed by noted landscape designer Thomas Mawson between 1905-1922. His vision created a dramatic hillside garden, featuring a heavily-wooded area including a network of footpaths that provide the terraces that give the Terraced Gardens their name.

The walk was led by garden historian Elaine Taylor and Andrew Suter from the Groundwork team who provided information on the Gardens’s history and current restoration programme. The tour included such sights as the upper section of the park which contains the remains of the formal lawns and gardens, an Italian Garden and lake, and the former Orchestra Lawn as well as a magnificent 7-arched bridge, a number of Summer Houses and Viewing Platforms, and the hunting building known as the Pigeon Tower.

A large thank you goes to Elaine and Andrew as well as to those who attended this lovely event.


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