Preliminary work at the end of 2008 saw the removal of much overgrown vegetation and some of the older trees which had compromised the stonework. This has resulted in a clearer view of the gardens from the main road and chances for the bulbs and smaller plants which have not seen daylight for many years, to show their faces.
The tidy worksite currently has scaffold erected on the pavilions to allow for retiling of the roofs and repointing of the stonework.
Damaged pillars on the lower pergola have been skillfully replaced with gently tapering sandstone blocks to match the existing.
Timbers have been renewed on the upper pergola with painstaking restoration of the masonry.
Workers use the fine weather to dig out the overgrown flower beds ready for replanting and clean the wrought ironwork with wire brushes.
Hard work is soon to start on the repointing of the crazy paving paths.
Both the gardens and structure which have previously been overgrown are starting to breathe a new lease of life.
With the imminent onset of spring and the promise of warmer, longer days to come, it will be interesting to watch the gardens take on their former glory.