The Friends have helped in three restoration projects, aided by £500,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund:
- The Edwardian Glasshouse and Walled Garden
- The 19th Century underground Icehouse
- The historic Orchard
Andrew Miller MP opened this to the public 25 May 2012
All garden facilities and the picnic area are open to the public daily from 10 a.m. -6 p.m. free of charge. with free parking.
For group visits, call 0151 345 1107.
If you would like to help, you could join our Volunteers, who meet on Mondays and/or Wednesdays – usually between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. No experience required. Please phone 0151 353 8783 for more information.
Why not join the Friends?
Subscriptions: Annual: Single £7 Joint £10; Life: Single £100 Joint £175. For an application form for the Friends and tickets for Friends’ Events please contact The Secretary, FOBMG, Burton Manor, Burton, NESTON CH64 5SJ or telephone 0151 345 1107.
The Friends of Burton Manor is a registered charity.
To volunteer for gardening, guiding visitors, helping with publicity, working with schools, or archiving, phone 0151 353 8783 or email email@example.com, or call in.
Stop press on 8 February 2016
Award winning charity targeted by thieves.
The Friends of Burton Manor Gardens recently received a prestigious award from the Lord Mayor of Chester on behalf of Chester Civic Trust for the Restoration of their Edwardian glasshouse. However celebrations were short lived when at the weekend thieves broke in and stole over a thousand pounds worth of garden machinery from their locked store room. It was a hard blow to the charity as the loss was not covered by insurance and they will have to find funds for increased security.
The Friends who have been on site for many years received a grant of around £500k from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the glasshouse and walled garden which their volunteers more than match funded with their hours worked. Since the glasshouse was opened in 2011 by Andrew Millar MP the volunteers have also restored a Victorian orchard and much of the historic gardens attributed to Thomas Mawson, however it gets more difficult to operate on a site where the historic buildings are falling into disrepair due to neglect.
The group have had a difficult year working under the threat of the site being sold to developers whose plans are not sympathetic of its historic value or respecting that it is registered as a community asset with the local authority. However The Friends of Burton Manor Gardens have formed a limited company which with the cooperation of a local developer has resubmitted a community bid to purchase from the owners Liverpool City Council.
Burton Manor and its grounds have always had great support from the wider community and the many groups that use it for activities, it is hoped that a community bid to purchase will be successful and the plans for the site which achieved over ninety percent approval at a public consultation can be implemented in order to achieve a sustainable future for this historic site.
More information: Burton Manor Gardens