Wall restoration work in the garden at Greys Court
We're restoring the Rose Garden wall at Greys Court this year. The harsh winter took its toll on the Walled Garden when a section of wall collapsed in December last year. We are working to carefully rebuild the wall and restore Lady Brunner’s ‘haven of tranquillity’. During the rebuilding work, the Tower Garden and a section of the Rose Garden will remain closed.
The section of historic wall in the Rose Garden collapsed after a spell of heavy rain saturated the lime mortar. A subsequent hard freeze and thaw destabilised the joins between the mortar and historic cement repairs and led to a weakening of its structure. After discovering the wall had collapsed, we moved quickly to ensure all other walls were safe, and they have all been surveyed and declared sound.
The salvaging process
The next step was to preserve the historic materials that were intact in preparation for the rebuild. We carefully salvaged the bricks, flints and coping from the collapsed wall and are rebuilding it with traditional lime mortar. The wall is being restored using historic techniques to create an authentic garden feature appropriate to the setting.
The wall restoration had to wait until warmer weather, as the traditional materials we use need a drier atmosphere. We plan to start in July, and in the meantime the Tower Garden and a section of the Rose Garden remain closed. This is a unique opportunity to learn more about the structure of the walls in the garden, and the rebuilding of the wall will be visible for everyone to see how the work progresses.
We are so grateful for the support we have received as we complete this vital restoration work, and we hope to finish rebuilding the wall by the end of August. If you would like to donate to our work please speak to a member of staff or a volunteer at Greys Court. Your gift will help support projects like the restoration of this wall and other important works in the garden.