Historic walled gardens open for the season

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One of Europe’s largest walled gardens is set to open its doors to visitors to Croome throughout 2015 after popular open days last year.

The privately owned historic gardens are a key part of Croome’s landscape designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. Although the rest of the parkland is now owned and managed by the National Trust and is open to visitors, the walled garden is owned by Chris and Karen Cronin who acquired it separately and rescued it from ruin nearly 15 years ago.

They have restored many of the buildings and large greenhouses with great care and attention and much more work is still to be carried out. The Cronins have been working with the National Trust to open the 18th century walled gardens to visitors on 31 days from April to September this year.

“To open the walled garden to the public so much this year is another huge milestone for us and the whole family is really excited” said Chris Cronin, who with his wife, has self-funded the garden’s dramatic rescue from dereliction to delight. “We bought most of the original garden and its attached cottage in 1999 after we fell in love with it. We both saw a massive potential for the place even though it was overgrown and completely uninhabitable.

“The walled garden has always been hidden behind closed doors due to its secluded setting, even though it’s right next to Croome Court” he continued, “but we’re now ready to open the gardens to visitors for many more days this year and we’re looking forward to welcoming even more people inside.”

Visitors to the gardens will be able to see the extensive restoration work on the greenhouses, the beautiful border planting, the rose garden and working vegetable plots. 5 acres of the extensive walled garden will be open from 10.30am until 5pm with last entry at 4.30pm on the following days:

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th & Monday 6th April

Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd & Monday 4th May 2015

Saturday 23rd, Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May 2015

Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 2015

Friday 26th, Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June 2015

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July 2015

Friday 31st July, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd August 2015

Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August 2015

Friday 4th, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September 2015

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th September 2015

The gardens can only be accessed through Croome’s National Trust visitor centre where admission tickets can be purchased. Walled Garden entry will cost £5 for an adult and £2.50 for children. Please show your National Trust membership card or purchase a parkland admission if you would like to venture around the National Trust park and lakeside if you're not a member. Dogs can't enter the walled garden put tether hooks will be provided outside the entrance gate.