Country gardens to get revamp
HARE Hill Gardens have been given the go-ahead for a major makeover.
Plans approved by Cheshire East Council centre on enhancement of the visitor experience at the site, which the National Trust describes as ‘a place of aesthetic and spiritual refreshment’, by improving the landscape and facilities.
Developers Cass Associates, on behalf of the National Trust, will provide a further 15 to 20 car parking spaces and provide a new welcome building to ‘immerse the visitor in the spirit of Hare Hill from the beginning’.
New pedestrian routes will be designed, informing visitors they are walking on the historic carriage route from Hare Hill Hall, a grade two listed building dating from the late 18th century, and the surfacing on the driveway has also been earmarked for improvement.
Demolished sections of the original backsheds area adjacent to the walled garden will also be reinstated to allow for bigger toilet facilities and provide a social hub where visitors can chat with the garden team.
A National Trust spokesperson said: “One of the key reasons the National Trust was formed is to encourage people to get outside to enjoy the outdoors. We’re proud and delighted so many people enjoy spending time at places like Hare Hill but we know we have to keep on improving facilities for our visitors and ensure we get the basics right.”
●● Chairman of Prestbury Parish Council, Arthur Dicken, hopes the council will take on bigger projects after a good response to his appeal for volunteers
●● The planned new entrance to Hare Hill Gardens