The Walled Garden lies at the heart of The Leasowes in Halesowen. The Leasowes, once internationally famous for its design and beauty, is the mid 18th Century creation of the poet, William Shenstone. A reflection of the importance of The Leasowes is its designation as a Grade 1 Listed Garden.
Although the Walled Garden, together with the outer, or 'Slip Garden', covers approximately 2 acres and has been in existence for at least 240 years, it is still relatively unknown. This has been largely due to it not being open to the general public on a regular basis and not appearing in the interpretive material pertaining to the Leasowes. Most people who have been aware of the walls have not understood the historic significance of them, but have mainly viewed the area as a compound for the Council's parks department and, since 1984, as an educational Horticultural College. It is a classic case of a lost or forgotten garden.
In November 2014, the Halesowen Abbey Trust, a Registered Charity, purchased the site and has dedicated it for public benefit in perpetuity. The purchase was supported by generous financial donations from A J Mucklow PLC; The Friends of the Leasowes: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council; various fund raising initiatives and numerous individuals.
The objective is to restore the Walled Garden to its former glory; to integrate it into The Leasowes and to open it to the public. A Visitors' Centre, Cafe and other amenities are being proposed.
Open the gateway to 'The Secret Garden'
HalesOwen Abbey Trust
Founded in 1986
Registered Charity No. 517973
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