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.
This winter, we're restoring the Rose Garden wall at Greys Court. Last December, the weather took its toll on the Walled Garden when a 10 metre section of historic wall sadly collapsed. We are working with skilled experts to carefully reconstruct the wall and restore Lady Brunner’s ‘haven of tranquillity’ in the gardens. During the conservation 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. 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 now restoring it with traditional lime mortar. This historic technique is traditional in the Chilterns, and was used to build many walls and buildings in the area.
We have employed skilled experts with experience in working with traditional materials to restore the wall. They will be covering the restored wall to protect it from the harsh winter weather until spring arrives.
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 new year. 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.