On Saturday 17 March 2018, the labyrinth was officially opened by the Mayor of Trafford (Councillor Jonathan Coupe) in the presence of members of the Friends Group, the Japanese Gardens Society, and Dr. Mitra Doherty.
The first Arts and Crafts Fair will be held in the Gardens on Sunday 25 March 2018 from 1pm to 4pm.
Wide range of stalls and refreshments. The Friends Group will be selling beer from the dovecote.
The main part of the labyrinth is now complete. We hope to arrange an opening ceremony in March.
The Friends of Walkden Gardens are installing a labyrinth at the far end of the wisteria arch in the Gardens.
What is a labyrinth? It is a sort of maze but without hedges. In ancient times, walking the labyrinth was a kind of pilgrimage.
Thanks to several generous donations we are well on the way to raising the necessary funding and the Friends Group will also be using their own funds.
Many thanks to all those who donated via our JustGiving page. You raised a total of £205 before deduction of JustGiving fees.
The Friends of Walkden Gardens traditional “Carols Around the Dovecote” will take place on Saturday 2 December 2017, starting at 12.30pm.
Salvation Army Band, various choirs, mulled wine, German beers and sausages and various stalls.
Father Christmas has also promised to be present!
On Saturday 28 October 2017 the Friends of Walkden Gardens are offering a free guided tour of the Gardens.
The tour will start at 11.30am at the dovecote with tea/coffee and cake.
All free but donations would be welcomed!
Some images of the Gardens.
On 14 October 2017 delegates to the World Urban Parks Europe Congress visited Walkden Gardens as part of their pre-congress meeting tour.
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The minutes of the Friends of Walkden Gardens AGM, which was held on 3 July 2017, can be downloaded from here.