The Quarry Bank Project: Upper Garden Restoration


The Upper Garden at Quarry Bank

The National Trust acquired the upper garden in 2010 and since this time we have been working hard to tidy it up and plan for its future.

After five years of planning and with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund we began restoring the garden to its former glory in 2015. The walled garden is now a working garden with a wonderful array of vegetables growing there. The once derelict 1830s glasshouse that sits as the centrepiece of the garden now sparkles once again.

By using information from our archives including photographs, letters, diaries, maps and garden plant orders we were able to recreate the garden to how we think it was. Our dedicated team of gardeners enjoyed carrying out this challenge.

For the restoration of the rare curvilinear glasshouse, where possible, we used original materials in the rebuilding process. New cast iron glazing bars have been individually re-cast using a mould made from a surviving bar and 7,000 panes of hand-made glass have been installed. Visit Quarry Bank to see this transformation for yourself.

The garden has become a hub of enjoyment. Thanks to the project you can now sit back and relax in our garden cafe,and treat yourself to a slice of home made cake in this tranquil setting. You can explore the newly restored 1830s back sheds to uncover the story of the historic kitchen garden and discover beautiful peat-free plants and an array of tasty locl chutneys, preserves and beers in out new garden and plant shop which is now open

We hope you take a walk to the gardens on your next visit to Quarry Bank.

Take a seat and enjoy a light lunch at the garden café
The garden café at Quarry Bank
Take a seat and enjoy a light lunch at the garden café