Re­turn of an NGS favourite

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

THE gar­dens at Wil­las­ton Grange, in Wil­las­ton, Cheshire, will be open to the pub­lic un­der the NGS for the first time in 20 years. In the past, it had been a firm fix­ture of the NGS Cheshire cal­en­dar, hav­ing been open con­tin­u­ally for 30 years, but a long pause fol­lowed—un­til the cur­rent own­ers, Anita and Mark Mitchell, de­cided to re­vive the tra­di­tion.

‘When we bought the house in April 2009, it was in a state of dis­re­pair, with no roof or win­dows and a jun­gle of a gar­den,’ says Mrs Mitchell. Hav­ing now com­pleted the restora­tion work, the Mitchells felt it was time to wel­come new vis­i­tors. Gar­den en­thu­si­asts can ex­pect to tour ‘six acres filled with ma­ture trees, herba­ceous bor­ders and veg­etable gar­dens, plus a small lake and a mag­i­cal tree house’.

Wil­las­ton Grange will be open on Satur­day, June 24, from 1pm to 5pm. Ad­mis­sion is £5 (chil­dren free), with af­ter­noon tea and live mu­sic await­ing vis­i­tors. The ad­dress is Wil­las­ton Grange, Had­low Road, Wil­las­ton, Ne­ston, Cheshire, CH64 2UN (www.ngs.org.uk).

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