Month: May 2017

Blossom Day

Blossom Day 2017 at the Thornham Walled Garden took place on a beautiful summers day and was the first opportunity for the newly rejuvenated gardens to be shown to the general public.

With blue skies forming the backdrop to Morris dancing, May Pole dancing, arts and crafts, live music and home made food and locally produced preserves, the day was a showcase of some of the great things that have been going on ‘Beyond the Wall’ in recent months and made a fun packed family day.

With teas and coffees being served in the vinery and reception greenhouses, it was great to be able to show off progress that has been made on restoring the gardens greenhouses, and to get a preview of the space that will be opened throughout the summer as a cafe for anyone enjoying the numerous walks on the estate that pass the garden.

Beyond the Wall would like to extend their thanks to everyone who helped make this another great event, and to everyone who came along and joined in the fun.

We look forward to welcoming you, your family and friend again soon when the gardens open over the summer after the late May Bank holiday (Mondays-Fridays). Why not pop in and enjoy  cuppa and slice of home made cake, and buy a plant that has been propagated from within the walls, so you can enjoy your very own pice of the garden in your own home.


Posted by Phill, May 2017

On Friday 19th May, Westhorpe Garden Club payed us a visit at the walled garden, for a tour of the garden and a talk about the rejuvenation of the gardens over the last 6 to 8 months.

The tour started outside of the garden, where the work that Beyond the Wall does was explained and the project of supporting clients to bring the gardens back to life introduced. The tour then continued throughout the garden, with the work that has been completed in each section talked through.

The main double border provoked much discussion, all favourable, people were most impressed with the work that has gone on to transform the look of the border and bring in many more varieties of plants on a very limited budget.

With the tour concluding in the vegetable and fruit growing areas, the gardening group retired to the vinery for tea and cake.

We are delighted that we have been able to show the garden to a local gardening group and have been most fortunate to receive a generous donation for providing a tour and talk. We look forward to welcoming members of the Westhorpe garden Club, and indeed members of other garden clubs in the area, into the garden for afternoon teas and cakes when we open to the public in June.

If you would like to book a group evening tour and talk, please be in contact with us by email,, or give us a call on 01359 788700


Posted by Phill V-Williams, May 2017

Central border path

With the Planting of the Double Herbaceous Border now nearing completion, and plants starting to grow in their new home, the time has come to address the restoration of the path that takes visitors from the Masters Gate entrance to the Greenhouse.

The path has become most neglected, over the past few years there has not been a clearly defined edging, with the wooden edging that was put in around 15 years ago having rotted away. Soil has mixed with gravel and something was needed to bring the path back to tip top condition.

As the border was grubbed out and cleared, old sleepers were lined up, to create a clear edge to the path and to separate soil from gravel. With the borders planted and the muddy work now complete gravel was ordered in to dress the path. With the surface levelled and weeded barrows and person power was employed to move the gravel to its new home.


Posted by Phill, May 2017

The greenhouse interior

With work underway on reviving the exterior of one section of the greenhouse, work has also just commenced on refreshing the interior of the ‘reception’ greenhouse, which is located at the top of the double border. Dave and Phil have volunteered their time to prepare the internal timbers for a lick of paint, so that when we open the space to the public, as a café space, throughout the summer, the space will not only be watertight, but fresh and airy.


We will have the café open weekdays, as a destination for a summer walk around the Thornham Estate. So why not pop in for a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake, and support us to continue with the development of the garden and activities that happen within the walls of the Thornham Walled Garden.


If you are inspired to volunteer ‘Beyond the Wall’ then drop us a line at or give us a call to talk about the opportunities available on 01379788700


Posted by Phill, May 2017