Rivington Terraced Gardens were originally created for soap magnate Lord Leverhulme as a spectacular retreat for him to relax and entertain in. Situated on the hillside below Rivington Pike, the Gardens were designed by landscape designer Thomas Mawson. Following Lord Leverhulme’s death in 1925, the property was sold, and the gardens began to fall into disrepair. Sixty years later, United Utilities now own the land and in 2016 funding of £3.4Million was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The restoration plans were driven by a partnership of the Rivington Heritage Trust, Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside and United Utilities. Historic Property Restoration were successfully awarded the £2.3M project restoration package to conserve and revitalise Rivington Terraced Gardens.
The Gardens contain 11 Grade II listed structures, including the Pigeon Tower, the Seven Arch Bridge and five summerhouses. All the buildings will be completely protected whilst the restoration work is carried out and a comprehensive programme of path and drainage work to improve access to and around the gardens to improve accessibility.
The Italian and Japanese Lakes are being drained, de-silted and re-lined before being refilled again, ensuring their long-term future. The surrounding woodland areas will be cleared to discover new paths, stairways and over time it is hoped that a greater number and variety of plants and animals will appear in the estate
The improvements to the Gardens will enable them to be better managed in the future and safeguarding heritage for generations to come.