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norton priory - Image via Plant Hunters Fairs ©Free Entry to this popular Plant Fair featuring highly respected specialist nursery with expert advice from enthusiastic nurserymen.

The 2 acre Walled Garden was built between 1757 and 1770 for the Brooke family, the owners of Norton Priory. When the Brookes left Norton Priory, it became neglected and overgrown, until work began in 1980 by Runcorn Development Corporation to reclaim it.

The garden was featured on BBC TV's "Hidden Gardens" series with Chris Beardshaw.

Essentially a kitchen garden, it would have been the source of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the mansion house. Today there is an orchard, a fruit garden, a vegetable garden, various ornamental borders and the beautiful Rose Walk. Norton Priory is home of the National Collection of Tree Quince (Cydonia Oblonga). These are dotted around the garden and the site and include 20 different varieties. The Walled Garden is also the location of a number of Norton Priory's "hidden gems", including the Ha Ha Wall, the Ice House and the Wildflower Meadow. The plant fair is held just outside the walled garden and runs from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. with free entry to plant fair and tearoom.

Norton Priory Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1SX.

Sunday 24th April 2016 - 10am -4pm

FREE ENTRY TO THE PLANT FAIR

Optional entry to the walled garden is normally £3.50 but pre-booked groups of 15 or more can take advantage of a special group entry rate of £2.40. Please see the Norton Priory website, www.nortonpriory.org for more details.

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