£160k restoration in Walled Garden
One of the UK’s biggest garden glasshouses will open to the public in September after its £160,000 restoration.
Wynyard Hall’s 31-metre glasshouse in the new kitchen garden at the Tees Valley luxury hotel and spa will be open for the first time since the 1940s, when the original 1840s structure fell into disrepair.
It forms part of the new Walled Garden which opened last year, part of Newcastle United life president Sir John Hall’s wish to create one of the UK’s best rose gardens.
Sir John’s daughter, Allison Antonopoulos, is the mastermind behind the Victorian-inspired Glasshouse, Potting Shed and Edible Garden.
Allison, also managing director of the hotel, said: “The Glasshouse and Edible Garden will be a place to inspire people who share my passion for horticulture, cookery and floristry.”
Paul Mackings, chief executive of Wynyard Hall, added: “We have gone back to our Victorian roots here at the Wynyard Estate. All of the food that we grow in the Edible Garden will be at the heart of our menus in the Wellington Restaurant and Café. Visitors will be able to purchase the fresh produce at the Farm Shop and Potting Shed. It really is as fresh as you can get.”
Several new jobs, apprenticeship and volunteer opportunities have been created, working alongside Wynyard’s gardening team.
This third phase of The Garden’s project is part of a bigger, £6million investment and took six months to complete, with an orchard and lawns of English lavender.
Allison added: “It’s an ongoing restoration project. At present, we are restoring the beautiful follies, pathways and monuments that have never been seen by the general public. There is so much history dotted around the estate and it’s a shame for it to be hidden away.
“Next year we plan to open more of the historic parkland up to the general public, with picnic areas and lots to see and do for families.”
The Glass House, Potting Shed and Edible Garden open on Sunday, September 11. CBeebies favourite, Mr Bloom, will make a guest appearance along with themed entertainers, face painting and arts and crafts.
A wire sculpture of the Londonderry’s famous racehorse Hambletonian, created by local artist Emma Stothard has been created to commemmorate the occasion.
Events and directions
Upcoming events include:
- Autumn Planting workshop, £30pp.
- Edible Gardens For Beginners, £10, with a focus on organic gardening.
- Food For Free expedition, £8, exploring the Wynyard woodland estate and parkland to discover wild food.
- Little Seedlings, £10 per child and reveals the fascinating journey from plot to plate.
- Family Scarecrow Making, £18 per scarecrow.
- Autumnal Watercolour classes, £30.
More details of events are available at www.wynyardhall.co.uk.
Wynyard Hall is located at Wynyard Road, off the A689 for Sedgefield and Hartlepool, in the Tees Valley TS22 5NF.