Cold frame restoration

The walled garden suffered 50 years of neglect until the National Trust's dedicated band of staff and volunteers started the restoration process in 2009.

The walled garden was very worth saving as the last owner, Roger Parr spared no expense on his Foster & Pearson, the ‘Rolls Royce’ of glasshouses. Around the same time Parr installed a boiler to heat the glasshouse and cold frames.  

One of the most recent restoration projects has been the original cold frames which had become completely covered in rubble and this project became a labour of love for Roger Weaver, one of our long serving volunteers.

The start of the Cold Frame restoration
The start of restoring the cold frame
The start of the Cold Frame restoration

It was hard work clearing the site, especially when a tree fell on the area during the process.  The frames where then reconstructed as close to the originals as possible; including the underground conduits for the heating system which were never used.  An example of this is the top glazing where Roger cut by hand 120 panes of second hand glass for the windows.

The cold frames once restored
A restored cold frame in the walled garden
The cold frames once restored

We must thank Roger for a job well done, as well as our visitors and supporters for giving us donations for the materials. By the way, if you want to help us with any building or other projects please get in touch.  We would love to hear from you.