The Trust is committed to preserving, conserving and protecting the historic gardens for the enjoyment of the public by protecting and renovating the gardens’ historic structures. We raise funds for restoration work from our Open Days, Talks to community groups and other operations and fundraising events.
In 2014 the Trust started the restoration of the Walled Garden. It had not been tended since the 1950s, so saplings had become trees, which had to be cut down and their stumps ground out. The original pathways have been reinstated, using the original tiling edges and replicas commissioned from a local brick company. The old fruit trees have been pruned and new trees planted to replace those lost.
In 2016 the Trust identified a rill in the Glade which was probably a feature within the Japanese gardens. We started to make it into a new feature, alongside a pond and new stumpery.
In 2017 the Trust completed its project to reconstruct a treehouse to the original Peto design, sitting on its own stilts and sited within the original oak tree. The treehouse has become a firm favourite with visitors to the Garden.
The Trust is developing a new Conservation Management Plan to prioritise future restoration projects.