Quarry Bank Mill - Upper Garden

The upper Garden was in very poor condition following acquisition by the National Trust. Whilst considerable work has been undertaken to restore the garden, much work remained to be done, particularly to the back sheds and the glasshouse.

The works within the Upper Garden comprised the restoration of the historic glasshouse and back sheds to their original footprint, size and symmetry as existed on 1872 Ordnance survey mapping. This included the creation of an ancillary retail unit within one of the restored back sheds. The glasshouse has been restored to its full length, re-glazed and planted with vines to the two vinery wings. 

The works also included the reinstatement of the wall to the walled garden on its original line and to its original height. The modern garage that serves the existing Gardeners Cottage has been demolished to accommodate this.

The café was originally intended to be housed within the Gardeners Cottage, but the practicality for this proved challenging, therefore a temporary building outside of the walled gardens was constructed. Sited within an area of open land, adjacent to the walled garden, the lightweight form, scale and position of the temporary structure was chosen to minimise its visual impact.

The gardener’s building is sited within an area utilised for external storage, bordered by woodland. The building is low level and timber clad and is not a prominent feature within the site.

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