Cusworth Hall Walled Gardens
Bringing the Gardens Back to Life
Heritage Doncaster is working with The Cusworth Hall Gardens Trust to restore the walled gardens which have been described as of one of the most atmospheric places in Doncaster.
Until recently they were in a derelict state but with support from the Trust the Cusworth Park team has already helped to clear away vegetation and restore the bowling green and undertake other necessary work.
The Trust has part funded essential restoration of the bowling pavilion and supported two apprenticeships. With the help of the local community the ambition is to fully restore the site and bring it into use.
Creating a vibrant place for family activities this will offer a wide range of opportunities ranging from discovering what life was like for the gardeners to actually producing crops on site. Underpinning this will be the chance to learn new skills and meet people.
Cusworth walled gardens include one of the country’s earliest bowling greens, a 300 year old summer house, flower garden, vegetable garden and orchards.
It was once busy with an army of gardeners growing vegetables and exotic fruit such as peaches, figs, melons and pineapples for the Battie-Wrightson family who lived at the Grade I listed Cusworth Hall. It survived, despite the impact of two world wars, death duties and the great depression, until the early 1960s when it ceased to be used and was sold off piecemeal/ It
The Cusworth Hall Gardens Trust is an independent charitable trust and registered as a charity on 12th July 2013 (No. 1152888). Primarily the objects of the Trust are to provide grants and donations towards the preservation, repair and maintenance of the land and buildings comprising the Grade II listed former bowling green and pavilion, terrace, rose garden and 18th century walls situated at Cusworth Hall for the benefit of the public.
The Trust welcome support in the form of donations, legacies or help in kind. Please email or write to The Secretary:
Cusworth Hall Gardens Trust
c/o Cusworth Hall & Park
Cusworth Lane, Doncaster