For those interested in the history of Well Dressing at Chadkirk, this link might be of interest. There you will see photos of St Chad’s Well and the Well Dressings over the years.
I lived and worked in Greater Manchester 20 years ago. During that time, the peace and spiritual essence in Chadkirk estate, together with the company of the garden team, really helped me through difficult times.
I worked hard with Pat and Mary and remember John for his enthusiasm, knowledge of the natural history, birds etc. and his wonderful estate work.
We were a small group: myself, Pat, Mary, Sheila and her husband Peter, and John plus another couple. Pat and I went on an apple tree / orchard course over two weekends and I remember the seeds she and Mary grew.
Awaiting funding for the restoration of the walled garden, we had numerous meetings at Pat’s home during which we studied maps and plans. Renovators of the chapel in previous years had discarded material into the walled garden seemingly using it as a junk heap. So then there were weeks of weeding out bricks, stones and glass from the garden beds which had been constructed by Stockport council, following Pat’s design. Eventually we started the planting. I remember the joy of watching plants growing, and the satisfaction working on maintenance in the garden we had helped to create.
I had five happy years working at Chadkirk and seeing the walled garden transformed for all to enjoy.
Thank you for a most informative and fun blog.
After last weekend’s successful Well Dressing at Chadkirk, the team will be back again this coming Saturday. The first Saturday of every month is a Gardening Day in the gardens at Chadkirk. During the afternoon we meet by the Chapel and in The Walled Garden. Each person does a little bit of the work maintaining and improving the gardens. Sharing the activities means that we each do a little and we all gain a lot.
So if you enjoyed your visit last weekend, or if you visit Chadkirk regularly, you can add to your enjoyment by joining the folk who garden.
Gentle activity, beautiful location, sheltered garden, sharing the delights of being out in the open air, breathing in the scents of the garden. Birds. Bees. Woodland. And a cuppa and chat. Saturday 5th August 2-4pm Chadkirk.
Well dressing : the work of the design team
St Chad’s Well is still looking good down at Chadkirk.
2017 Well Dressing:
St Chad’s Well
Map of Chadkirk
Local landscape (in petals and bark). A map of Chadkirk Country Park and Estate.
And for Well Dressings in previous years see https://www.flickr.com/photos/hjggreen/albums
…to everyone who joined us at Chadkirk on Saturday. There were over 500 visitors, who all played their part in creating such an enjoyable and successful event.
Having returned to Cape Town in 2005 I have just discovered your blog and am so enjoying maintaining my connection with Chadkirk and learning of improvements.
Changing the chapel window is a project I am delighted to read about and the bridge is a wonderful idea. It was a long walk from Marple, where I previously lived. I was a Friend of Chadkirk and a member of the initial gardening team, restoring the herb and walled garden.
A question: When did the Friends start motivation for and the process of the walled garden restoration? Was it 2000 or later?
My regards to those who may remember me. Keep up the great work.
Lovely to hear from you, Janice. And interesting to read your comments.
There are people from all over the world who visit the blog, and as you say it’s a great way to keep the connections going across the miles and down the years.
I have only been involved with the Friends of Chadkirk since 2012. While we haven’t had a chance to meet, some of the people who were in the team when you were an active member of the Friends of Chadkirk continue to spend time in the gardens at Chadkirk, helping the gardens to thrive.
Now that your message is on the blog, I hope they’ll be able to get in touch. I’m sure that they will want to send their greeting to a fellow Friend!
Pat leads the gardening team. Her enthusiasm and skills are an inspiration. She has been a driving force in the garden and knows the full story of how the transformation of the walled garden was initiated and completed.
I wonder if you have read the earlier post about the history of the garden? I have often thought about writing another post filling in some of the gaps. Perhaps your message will inspire me to do that.
Thank you, Janice!
The Walled Garden… in the beginning
Well Dressing 2017
Just for you …
and for Bobby and his daughter.