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Our next event is on Saturday 12th May at Rivington Terraced Gardens. This is the Gardens Trust national event.

These historic gardens (grade II) laid out on the very edge of the West Pennine Moors with fine and extensive views were originally created for soap magnate Lord Leverhulme as a spectacular venue for him to relax in and entertain. Situated on the steep hillside below Rivington Pike, the Gardens were designed by landscape architect Thomas Mawson and his son between 1905 and 1922. Following Leverhulme’s death in 1925 they fell into a state of extreme decay and have been cherished locally in their ruinous state for decades since. Now with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund they are undergoing a three-year major programme of work by heritage professionals aided by enthusiastic volunteers to repair, stabilise and consolidate the extraordinary array of eleven listed buildings, structures and landscape features.

Guided tours will be led by Liam Roche, the site manager for Groundwork’s contractors and Elaine Taylor (Lancashire Gardens Trust) who has researched both Rivington and other Mawson gardens in Lancashire.

Ticket price includes coffee and biscuits on arrival (from 10.00) lunch of soup and sandwiches and afternoon tea including traditional Lancashire cakes, kindly provided by the ladies of Rivington Parish Church.

Walks will start and finish at Rivington Church, where parking is available. The terrain at Rivington is challenging, sturdy walking boots are essential, there will be two groups one taking a slightly easier route. This visit is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking.

Tickets and further information from The Gardens Trust website

The events group organises an annual programme of talks and visits to public and private parks, gardens and other designed landscapes in the county (and occasionally to neighbouring counties).

If you have any suggestions for visits or talks we'd really like to hear from you. For more information email:  events@lancsgt.org.uk

Gardens Trust News and Events  

The Gardens Trust have issued their latest news and a list of events for the next year. They are available to read  by following this link. 

 GT News

GT Events

GT Diary



Future events planned 
Saturday 12th May - Rivington Terraced gardens

Wednesday 20th June - Rhode Hall, Cheshire

Thursday 26th July (tbc) - Standen Hall, Nr Clitheroe

Thursday 23rd August - Towneley Hall, Burnley (to include AGM)

Thursday 13th September - Stanley Park, Liverpool

Email your photos of events to web@lancsgt.org.uk  

Photos from the 10th Anniversary celebrations at Gresgarth Hall

Photos from the Leyland war Memorial visit


Thursday 6th June 2013
Launch of Historic Designed Landscape Report
©Gill Crook

HDL Launch - awaiting the first speaker
©Gill Crook

HDL Launch - Lunch is served 
©Gill Crook

HDL Launch - Tour of Lytham Hall gardens
©Gill Crook

Can you help: Do you enjoy meeting people and organising events, why not join the Events Group?

Do you own or manage an historic or contemporary Landscape: 
Would you be willing to allow a private visit to share it with our members?

For more information email:  events@lancsgt.org.uk

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