Top marks to the organisers and people who worked so hard to resurrect the Walled Garden in Eastcote.
It was a lovely day on the 17th July and my wife and I enjoyed the event, and we were overwhelmed by the crowds that attended.
The first thing we saw when we entered Eastcote House Grounds was a display of vintage cars
Here is a slideshow
made up of photographs I took on the day
EASTCOTE WALLED GARDEN GRAND RE-OPENING 17TH JULY 2010 – flash slideshow maker
Finally a Wireless Waffle exclusive – the opening ceremony in video format. If your web connection or pc is slow it will not run properly, and it may suffer a bit as it has been converted to a smaller video format. You will see the Mayor of Hillingdon, David Yarrow, and Nick Hurd MP for Ruislip Northwood doing the honours on the day
The local paper provides the full story
Eastcote picnic attracts thousands to walled gardens ceremony
The Friends of Eastcote House Gardens had invited the community to join them for an official launch following the completion of a £24,000 project to restore the original herb beds in the 17th century garden, and residents reponded by turning out in their thousands during the afternoon. Many brought their own picnics for the occasion.
And there was barely enough room to move inside the walled garden itself when the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor David Yarrow, unveiled the herbacious plant beds that have been meticulously rejuvinated this year by hundreds of local volunteers and school children.
Lesley Crowcroft, chair of The Friends, told the Gazette: “At the opening you couldn’t get anymore people in there, it was absolutely packed. We think between 2,000 and 5,000 people came down for a picnic, it was crowded all day.
“It was great to see so many children enjoying our hidden treasure, which has now been brought back to life.”
A grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £24,000 made the restoration of the herb beds possible, but it also wouldn’t have happened with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Pupils from Newnham Junior School, Coteford Infant School and Field End Infant School visited during the spring.
As well as enjoying their picnics, residents were treated on Saturday to a performance of the Eastcote Mummers Play by the St Lawrence Players, entertainment from the Merrydown Morris Dancers and a display of classic cars.
A raffle featured prizes donated by local retailers in Eastcote and there were stalls for voluntary organisations including Eastcote Arts Society, Northwood and District Community Association and Eastcote Community Centre Toddlers’ Group.
There are still further projects to enhance Eastcote House Gardens in the pipline, including a rose garden that the Friends hope to raise £10,000 for in time for the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012, and ongoing efforts to restore the Stables and Dovecote building