A new exhibition “Rocks, Pots and Lily Pads: The Burnby Hall Golden Jubilee Restoration Project” opens at the Treasure House in Beverley on Saturday, 6 April.
The exhibition tells the story of how, with the help of a £634,800 Heritage Lottery grant, funded with thanks by National Lottery Players, Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum in Pocklington has been restored to its former Edwardian glory.
Work on the Gardens was started in the early 1900s by Percy and Katharine Stewart. Major Percy Stewart had been born in Cambridgeshire but had come to East Yorkshire to take up a teaching post at Pocklington School. In 1901, Percy and his wife Katharine set up home at Burnby Hall and designed an impressive and fashionable pleasure garden with lakes, aviaries and a rock garden.
In 1964, in his will, Percy gifted the grounds of Burnby Hall to the people of Pocklington in trust. Since then, the Gardens have been enjoyed by generations of families – feeding the fish is always a favourite for children.
However, over time the edges of the Upper Lake had deteriorated, the Rock Garden over grown with much of the original planting design lost and the Edwardian Summer House, Aviary and Potting Shed needed some love and attention. Burnby Hall Gardens were delighted to receive a Heritage Lottery grant to enable them to carry out the important restoration needed, and in 2016 embarked on an ambitious scheme of work to restore the Gardens to their former Edwardian glory.
Over the three years, a team of volunteers and specialist staff have replanted over 15,000 alpines, dug in 10,000 bulbs in the Rock Garden, enriched the waterlily beds and built a bespoke Learning Zone for schools and community groups on site.
Visitors can find out all about their hard work and see some amazing historic images of the Gardens when the exhibition opens in Beverley on Saturday, 6 April.
The exhibition runs until 15 June and admission is free. The Treasure House is a five minute walk from Beverley town centre. The opening hours for the Treasure House are :
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 9:30am – 5pm
Tue, Thurs 9:30am – 8pm
For full details of all exhibitions at the Treasure House, and all the facilities including the café, visit : eastridingmuseums.co.uk
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