Arnside and Silverdale AONB Landscape Trust Events
EP5 – Mawson’s Garden
Sunday 15th September at 2:00 pm
A visit to the garden at Mawson’s by kind permission of the owner, Brian Smith, who will lead the walk.
Mawson’s was once part of the grounds of the Grey Walls estate (now Ridgeway Park) near Jenny Brown’s Point, Silverdale, believed to be designed by the renowned landscape architect, Thomas Mawson, some time in the 1920s, for the Sharp family. The formal gardens that once graced the slopes around the original house nearly one hundred years ago fell into neglect over much of the late twentieth century and then were very nearly lost forever when the estate was divided up for sale and redevelopment a number of years ago.
Fortunately, local expert on Thomas Mawson, Brian Smith, was able to acquire the Summer House and garden and, together with a small but enthusiastic group of volunteers, has been patiently and laboriously working to reveal and restore many of its former wonders.
Brian very generously allowed Landscape Trust members to visit the gardens at Mawson’s in June last year. This event will provide a very privileged viewing of the development of a labour of love, and offers a unique opportunity to glimpse a very special corner of the Extraordinary Place that is our AONB.
The walk round the gardens will take about an hour and a half. Walking is mostly on level terrain, although with some steps and sloping ground.
At the request of the owner, dogs are not permitted on this walk.
Please note that there is extremely limited parking available at the venue itself and on nearby roads. Please let us know when booking if you will require assistance with transport to the event, or can offer places to others.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS WALK IS NOW FULLY BOOKED but Brian Smith has very generously agreed to fit in an additional visit on Friday, 13th September. Please see walk EP6 for details. Please contact the bookings clerk by email if you have any queries regarding bookings for either of these events.
Additional booking information
If you prefer to book via email, or wish to book on more than one walk without completing multiple booking forms, you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, giving the walk code and title of each walk you wish to attend, together with the name of each person attending, their email address and contact telephone number, and stating whether or not they are Landscape Trust members. Your request will be dealt with as quickly as possible but please be aware that orders entered via the online system (where available) may be processed ahead of your request. In cases when there are only two or three places left you will always stand the best chance of securing the places you want by using the online booking option, if this is offered.
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