Mount Grace Priory New arts and crafts garden

English Heritage

 

Mount Grace is the best preserved Carthusian priory in England, and the restoration of the gardens includes both an Arts and Crafts Terrace and water garden once owned by the Bell family and a unique reconstruction of a C.14th Monks Cells Garden.
The Arts and Crafts manor, once owned by the Bell Family, has had its gardens recently renovated under the direction of Chris Beardshaw with elaborate terraces, and waterworks. Part of his restoration was the restoration of the monastic water features within the grounds, and getting the complex hydrology of the site functioning after hundreds of years. 
 
The works, which were paid for by Wolfson Foundation and a private donor came to some £700,000, and also include a new visitor centre , café and orchard. 
The project also included the recruitment of a new Head Gardener and team, who kick started a successful volunteering drive who together helped plant the gardens. 
 
The team also planted ‘Cell 8’, the most accurate reconstruction of a Monks Cell garden ever undertaken using the finding of an in depth archaeological investigation and period planting to reconstruct a C.14th Carthusian Monks Cell garden.

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