On a recent sunny Sunday, I decided to visit the lower and upper gardens which were originally created by Samuel Greg, who built Quarry Bank Mill, and who lived in the house adjacent to the mill with his wife and very large family. The house is now also open to the public. I was told by a Trust representative that the gardens were very overgrown when acquired by the Trust as were the glasshouses which are also now owned by the Trust. A splendid cafe and shop have been erected next to the upper gardens from which you can access the lower gardens via paths and steps. Once at ground level, you can stroll alongside the Bollin into Chapel Woods. The Trust has made other changes around the mill which, as always, have been carried out very tastefully, opening out what once was a pleasant if uninspiring area. Full marks to the NT. A memorable visit. Highly recommended.
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