Historic gardens to feature on BBC Countryfile show

MAGICAL LANDMARK: The Terraced Gardens of Rivington
MAGICAL LANDMARK: The Terraced Gardens of Rivington

An historic Chorley landmark will feature on a popular BBC programme this weekend.

The story of the Terraced Gardens of Rivington will be told on this weekend’s Countryfile.

Presenter John Craven and his team spent a day filming the magnificent scenery in the area.

The programme will be shown this Sunday at 6.30pm on BBC One.

The Japanese Gardens, as they are known locally, have been open to the public since 1948 and 11 of the structures are now listed by English Heritage.

Construction of the gardens took place on both sides of the First World War, between 1905 and 1925, with many of the features, such as the Pigeon Tower, bridges and steps, still visible today.

Two charities, the Rivington Heritage Trust and Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan, are preparing a bid to secure £3.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund which they hope will preserve the area and improve people’s understanding of its history.

Rivington Heritage Trust chairman Bryan Homan said: “The fact that BBC Countryfile has come to the Terraced Gardens speaks volumes for their importance as a national historic and landscape treasure.

“It’s a great opportunity to showcase the Terraced Gardens, and the work that our team is carrying out, to a national audience.”

The charities’ proposals include repairing and conserving buildings and managing woodland and vegetation to protect the popular beauty spot.

The project has already received £64,000 of HLF funding and an application for further funds is available in February next year.