Walkden Gardens known locally as ‘The Maze’ or ‘The Secret Garden’ has for too long been a closely guarded secret, many people who have lived in and around Sale all their lives may not until recently have been aware of these remarkable gardens. One of the aims of The Friends of Walkden Gardens has been to make these gardens better known to more people.
The Gardens have, once again in 2016/17, been awarded the prestigeous Green Flag Award which they have held for several years.


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Walkden Gardens are a public green space owned by Trafford Council. The Friends of Walkden Gardens work with the Council to maintain and improve
the Gardens.

The Gardens are open every day and entrance is FREE OF CHARGE except on a few occasions when there are musical or theatrical performances taking place.

We regret that, except when there are theatrical events, there are no toilet facilities on site.

Please note that, as the Gardens are a public open space, they cannot normally
be hired for private events.

The gates are normally opened at about 9.00am (sometimes earlier) and are currently officially closed at 5.00pm. Please don't risk getting locked in! Also , please check the onsite noticeboard as they may sometimes close earlier!

Download the minutes of the FoWG 2016 Annual General Meeting.

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Films 10 September 2016

 


 

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Walkden Gardens have been awarded a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015.


Presentation of Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

On Monday 23 September 2013 members of the Friends Group attended an event at Gorton Monastery where the Group was presented with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Members of the Group with the Mayor of Trafford, Cllr. Dylan Butt. Click on image for larger image.

Founder Chair of the Friends Group Jeni Fogg with present Chair Garth Jones after receiving the Award on behalf of the Friends Group.

More images of this event.


Green Flag awarded for 2013/14

For 2013/2014 the Gardens have again been awarded a Green Flag.

Members of the Friends Group celebrate the award of the Green Flag 2013/14.

FoWG Green Flag 2013/14


 

The Friends of Walkden Gardens receive The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

On 2nd June 2013 it was announced that the Friends Group of Walkden Gardens had been awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Every member of the Friends of Walkden Gardens is proud and honoured to receive this highest honour, the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. We feel humbled as we have merely done what we felt was best for Sale and the Trafford community – to assist Trafford Council in developing the Walkden Gardens from a largely undeveloped state in the early 2000s.

Download our Chairman's Press Release.

celebrating Queen's Award

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The Friends at Buckingham Palace

On 30 May 2013 Les Gaulton, Rob Frier, Penny Maitra and Graham Hardman (Japanese Garden Society) represented the Friends of Walkden Gardens at a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Royal Garden party

Download more pictures of visit to Buckingham Palace and Queen's Voluntary Service Award photos.


Green Flag awarded for 2012/13

For 2012/2013 the Gardens have again been awarded a Green Flag. You can download the Green Flag Judges' Report in Word format.

Members of the Friends Group celebrate the award of the Green Flag 2012/13.

Green Flag 2012/13 celebration


Northern Rail "Hidden Gem"

Walkden Gardens were awarded this plaque in June 2012 for being "Highly Commended" in the network-wide final of the Northern Rail Hidden Gems Awards.Northern Rail plaque

 

 

 

 


Christmas Cards

We are selling two exclusive designs of Christmas cards featuring Walkden Gardens. The cards are are DL size (210mm by 105mm) and come with envelopes. The message inside is "Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year".

Cards are priced at 50p for one, 5 for £2,00 or 15 for £5.00. You can pay for orders of £5 or more by using our online Donation button.

Please email your orders or enquiries.

Type 1 card

type 1 card

Type 2 card

type 2 card


Cheshire's Gardens of Distinction Award

 

Walkden Gardens is indeed a Garden of Distinction having earned the prestigious Cheshire Gardens' of Distinction award. Cheshire's gardens, different in every day. Read Here for More





The Gardens in December 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in November 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in October 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in September 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in August 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in July 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in June 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in May 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in mid-May 2015 recent photograph by Jane Baugh & Barry Brotherton

Television Workshop Salford shoot April 2015 recent photograph by Les Gaulton

The Gardens in April 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in March 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in February 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in snow January 2015 photographs by Clive Robinson

Work Day January 2015 photographs by Les Gaulton

Dovecote in snow January 2015 recent photograph by Les Gaulton

The Gardens in 2013 all 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in December 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in November 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in October 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in September 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in August 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in July 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in June 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

Download the June 2013 Newletter

The Gardens in May 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens on a sunny April day photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in a cold March 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in February 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in the January snow photographs by Louise Wadsworth

The Gardens in the January snow photographs by Clive Robinson

Carols Around the Dovecote 2012 - Photos by Alan Homersham

The Start of Autumn - Photos by Clive Robinson

September 2012 Plant of the Month Click here to download your copy

The Gardens on 31 August 2012 photographs by Clive Robinson

August 2012 Plant of the Month Click here to download your copy

The Gardens on 25 June 2012 photographs by Clive Robinson

June 2012 Newsletter Click here to download your copy

The Gardens in May. View recent photographs by Clive Robinson

May 2012 Plant of the Month Click here to download your copy

Work starts on grassed walk way. April 2012 Photographs

"Carols around the Dovecote" Dec 2011 Photographs

March 2012 Plant of the Month Click here to download your copy

November 2011 Newsletter Click here to download your copy

The Gardens in Spring. View recent photographs by Clive Robinson.

The Gardens in July. View recent photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in September. View recent photographs by Clive Robinson

The Gardens in October. View recent photographs by Clive Robinson

Work in the Fuchsia Garden. View recent photographs by Les Gaulton

Bulb planting etc. Sept 2011 Photographs by Les Gaulton


Volunteer Gardening Days

Volunteer gardening workdays are held on the last Saturday of each month (except December) from 10am to 1pm. We try to have fun as well as work hard and we stop for a drink and snack 1/2 way through the morning. We all just help on the dates and times we can. We meet in the Scout Hut car park which can be accessed off Marsland Road or from the Gardens just beyond the Japanese Garden.
All tools and equipment provided; just come dressed for gardening. Jobs for all abilities and aptitudes!

Work Day in May 2013 photographs by Clive Robinson

The next volunteer gardening day is on Saturday 29 August 2015 starting at 10.00am.

FoWG Tea Break

Workday volunteers tea break - 26 October 2013

Green Flag 2011

Celebrating the 2011/12 Green Flag award.

Working in the rain

Volunteers herocally working in the Gardens in the August rain in 2011.

working in the rain

 


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