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Historic garden is brought back to life

A HISTORIC walled garden has been brought back to life, with the help of volunteers.

Distington Walled Garden, owned by Copeland Council, has been transformed over the last eight months, with once overgrown grounds – now full of beautiful blooms.

The Victorian walled garden was formerly part of Distington Mansion, and is now filled with a lavender maze, yoga lawn, large greenhouses, tranquil seating areas, and a soon to be open café.

Volunteers, alongside Council staff, and the Community Payback service, have cleared the thick undergrowth and helped restore the garden to its former glory.

Volunteers are welcome every weekday, and on the first Saturday of each month - with much work still to do.

Andy Pratt, Portfolio Holder for Parks and Open Spaces, said: “We’ve been working incredibly hard to bring the garden back into use for the community to enjoy.

“We’re really hopeful that more people will come along and get involved, now that the garden is open every day during the week.

“It’s the perfect place to meet new people and improve your gardening skills, as our specialist staff are on hand.

“No expertise is needed, and anyone can come along and play a part – there’s jobs for any age and ability.”

Brian Penny, volunteer, Parton, said: “It’s a great project, in a great area, and the possibilities for improvements are endless.

“I like weeding and keeping on top of things. It’s going to be a fantastic area when it’s all finished.

“I’d encourage people to come and have a look and see what it’s about. You always get a cup of tea.”

Madison Scott, aged 7, volunteer, Egremont, said: “I like planting flowers, especially sunflowers and lavender.”

Sarah Thompson, volunteer, Cleator, said: “It’s been lovely to see the progress over the months we’ve been volunteering.

“It’s a great way of meeting new people and being part of a little community.”