Millichope Park NGS Open Garden
19th June 2016
Millichope Park NGS Open Garden will be on Sunday 19th June from 2pm to 6pm. It will include The Grand Opening of the Walled Garden and Restored Glasshouses, roses, wildflower meadowns, beautiful borders, specialist plant sales and homemade teas.
Address: Millichope Park, Munslow, Shropshire, SY7 9HA
Entrance: £5 per person
Further information from: Tel: 01584 841890 Email: email@example.com www.boutsviolas.co.uk
The curvilinear glasshouse in the walled garden of Millichope Park became derelict over half a century ago. Dating from around 1836 it is one of very few surviving iron-framed curved glasshouses from an era when most glasshouses were still constructed using straight woodenfames. In its day it would have been in the forefront of both industrial and horticultural technology.
The three bay south-facing structure is in the form of a lean-to against a brick wall. It is part of the privately-owned Grade II* listed Millichope Park. Heritage Lottery Fund only recently allowed private landowners, including commercial businesses, to apply direct for Lottery Funding so as to encourage the custodians of heritage that is in private hands in their efforts to conserve it and open it up to the public.
The walled garden adjacent to the glasshouses is now once more in use as a heritage viola nursery and, once the glasshouse restoration is complete,visitors will be able to discover more about the history of cultivation in the Victorian era.
The glass house is believed to be one of only four in the country of this design to survive. It was last used in the 1950s when Millichope Park was used as school.
Millichope Park including the Walled Garden and Glasshouses will be open for the NGS on June 19th 2016.