After the repair of the existing paths damaged by the extra footfall, we will construct new ones that are currently just worn tracks linking parts of the garden. These will have proper foundations and drainage so they can withstand th wettest of winters and will wind through the woodland area of the garden and link right through to the vegetable garden.
Reveley Lodge is a Grade II listed Victorian house with a two and a half acre garden located in Bushey Heath. Reveley Lodge is managed by Reveley Lodge Trust, a registered charity, established to preserve the house and gardens for community use and as an arts and education resource. In normal years, 600 primary school children enjoy the Victorian Experience hosted in our house, we have garden parties for the public, concerts, children's activities, tearooms operating out of the Billiard Room, National Garden Scheme open days and events for charitable causes.
But these are not normal times and most of our activities have stopped. Undaunted, we decided to play our part in supporting the local community and opened 7 days a week in the first lockdown and 6 days a week subsequently. We were rewarded with a large increase in visitors who discovered our delightful gardens for the first time. Visitors have also been able to enjoy produce from the garden and buy drinks, cakes and local arts, crafts and produce from a Pop-up cafe, now made permanent for takeaways only at present.
However, the extra visitors have caused a greater amount of wear and tear at a time when our normal fund-raising activities have been curtailed. In particular, some of our footpaths have become muddy and slippery tracks, and have had to be closed because they are potentially unsafe. We are therefore seeking funds to improve these so they may be enjoyed all year round. Support from the Hertsmere Infrastructure Fund may be available if we are able to raise £1,500 ourselves from the public via this Crowdfunding site.
There is no charge for entry and upkeep of the gardens and house is mostly self-funded. We do not have our costs subsidised by local or national Government. So if you are one of the thousands who has enjoyed this unique location please help us with a donation, however small to ensure that this 'Jewel in the Crown of Hertsmere' continues to be fully available to enjoy by local residents as part of their daily exercise, and for others when allowed.