19 Feb 2021 03:26
Published by: Scott Callan

Rivington Terraced Gardens, one of Britain’s most iconic historical gardens, is celebrating winning the support of broadcaster, Mark Radcliffe, as a patron of Rivington Heritage Trust.


Mark’s involvement stems from his recent backing of Rivington Terraced Gardens’ ‘Squarea’ campaign, which enables members of the public to sponsor a virtual plot of land in their name across the estate.  The popular appeal is contributing towards the annual maintenance costs of the Gardens, which are around £100,000.  The charity has been beset by fundraising difficulties lately due to the cancellation of events during lockdown.


Mark, who attended Bolton School, has precious childhood memories of enjoying Rivington Gardens, which also prompted him to get involved to protect them for future generations.


Mark said: “Honestly I'm thrilled to be asked to become a patron of the Terraced Gardens.  The area is so beautiful, so special, so eccentric and so much of a part of my childhood.


“I look forward to re-exploring up there and getting involved with some interesting artistic events designed to embrace the unique ambience of the estate.”


Richard Galloway, a director of Rivington Heritage Trust, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Mark as a patron of the Trust. It is so uplifting to see the enthusiasm he has for the Gardens.  This is a significant step forward for the Trust and we’re eager to consult and work with him on our future planned activities.”


Members of the public can sponsor a 10sq m virtual patch of land called a ‘Squarea’ in The Japanese Garden, The Italian Lake, The Dell, The Woodlands or The Lawns for just £20.  Owners of each dedicated certificate also have their name added to an online roll call and can choose to support the area that is the setting for their treasured memories.


The area has undergone a transformation in recent years, thanks to the support of The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) and the work of hundreds of volunteers, but needs additional support to raise the £100,000 annual conservation costs. 


Visit to get involved.

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