CEC at the Blacksmiths!
Cornwall Council’s Gyllyngdune Gardens restoration project in Falmouth, part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is now well under way with the new cafe fast taking shape. CEC’s Landscape team is busy supervising the works to transform the Gardens themselves.
Several old or diseased trees have been felled and vegetation cleared around the quarry to let light and air into the Lower Gardens and allow a replanting programme that will ensure the site has plenty of trees and shrubs for years to come. A new entrance is being created from Emslie Road with the path lined with a mix of exotic trees and those native to or connected to Cornwall. The Quarry will be replanted with ferns, tree ferns and hardy succulents and new sections of path have been created to provide a step-free route from Cliff Road all the way to the Upper Garden and Princess Pavilion. Within the Upper Gardens several items including steamer benches, urns, the Glasshouse and Rose Walk are being restored by local craftsmen including Russell Gibbs, Hayle Foundry, and Richard Hingely of The Old Smithy at Mawnan Smith.
CEC’s landscape architect supervising the works, Lucy Wilson-Richards, visited Richard and fellow blacksmith Kevin Gerry at work to see the final rose arches being fabricated.
Lucy said “I had expected fire and lots of banging but the noise from the blower powering Richard’s forge that he had custom made for the job and the flames leaping up around the steel were very impressive, especially on a cold spring morning! Richard and Kevin made the whole process look simple – then they tried to explain it to me in more detail and I realised how technical it can be.”
Richard added that for the seven new arches he and Kevin had made the frame from a template taken from the old arches around the Pavilion Veranda to match those on old postcards from the 1900s. Now the arches are finished Richard will start work on the new gates for the tunnel and Shell Grotto in the quarry.
The arches will be installed along the main path and will be planted with two heritage rose varieties, chosen for their scent, hardiness, and availability in Cornwall in the early 1900s. The rest of the Gardens will be re-planted with a selection of plants chosen by Cornwall Council’s Historic Parks team to reflect the Victorians’ and Edwardians’ pioneering approach to horticulture. All being well the new building will reopen in June with the Gardens completed shortly after in time for a grand re-opening in early September 2011.
This entry was posted on Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 8:40 am and is filed under News.