At the start of the restoration project, there was no trace of the rest of the Children's Garden, just turf and what remained of the Folly. There was a large sign saying: 'Danger Falling Masonry' and a fence kept visitors away.
Using original Humphry Repton plans and descriptions from an historic book about the gardens, Hortus Woburnensis, the site was marked out and brought back to life. The rose arches were fitted to the Folly and Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford, picked out the rambling rose at the Chelsea Flower Show.Error loading MacroEngine script (file: /Abbey/ClearBoth.cshtml)
A Sensory Experience
The project was completed in 2005 and the planting continues to fill out the beds and cover the arches. As you walk through The Children's Garden you will discover a vast array of different textures, sights and smells.
The Folly was the place where a Nanny would read stories to the children. It is an enchanting environment with collections of rocks, fossils, fool's gold and shells all encrusted into the roof.