Ed and Sarah’s vision is to re-discover the ‘lost’ areas of the garden, working slowly and sensitively to restore them so that they can be maintained for future generations and enjoyed by the many visitors who now come to Riverhill.

In 2010 when we relaunched the garden, opening with the support of a SEEDA grant, the following initial changes were made:

Construction of the car park.
Renovations to the cafe.
Planting of the Maze.
Initial Phase of Adventure Playground.

Since then we are pleased to report the following renovation and maintenance projects:


Renovation of the garden room to provide a covered area for groups, exhibitions and school visits.
Addition of further play equipment in Adventure Playground Restoration and repainting of 35 windows on the main house Repair and re-rendering of four chimneys on the main house The restoration of the Rosewalk section of the southern wall of the Walled Garden which had completely collapsed.
Appointment of a full time Head Gardener.


Expansion of the volunteer gardening team under supervision of Head Gardener.
Re-landscaping of Walled Garden to include grass terraces, a vegetable area and water feature (Nov 2011 to May 2013). Re-setting Rosewalk rose beds with metal edging, re-turfing the grass paths and replanting the roses.
Extensive repairs to lower Rose Walk retaining wall following its collapse due to excessive rain.


Maze replanted with Hornbeam.
Production of new guide book to give greater access to historical photos and records.
Cracks in Eastern wall of Walled Garden 'stitched'.
Grand Opening of Walled Garden.
Buttress repairs to Eastern Wall of Walled Garden Improvements to surface outside the cafe and path from car park. Edging repairs and renovation to Garden Entrance.



The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by Defra and the EU. The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD): Europe investing in rural areas.