Wall restoration work in the garden at Greys Court

The restored wall

This year we restored the Rose Garden wall at Greys Court. The harsh winter took its toll on the Walled Garden when a section of wall collapsed in December 2017. We worked carefully rebuild the wall and restore Lady Brunner’s ‘haven of tranquillity’ with skilled experts.

In December 2017, the weather took its toll on the Walled Garden when a 10 metre section of historic wall sadly collapsed. We worked 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 was closed.

What happened?

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 collapsed wall in the Rose Garden at Greys Court as discovered.
The collapsed wall at Greys Court showing the collapsed section of wall.
The collapsed wall in the Rose Garden at Greys Court as discovered.

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.

The rebuild

We employed skilled experts with experience in working with traditional materials to restore the wall. They have now covered the restored wall to protect it from the harsh winter weather until spring arrives.

The restored wall was covered to protect it from the elements
wall restoration at Greys Court
The restored wall was covered to protect it from the elements

We are so grateful for the support we received as we completed this vital restoration work, and we hope to uncover it soon. If you would like to donate to support 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.