by Michael Berry
THE historic Victorian greenhouses at Walton Hall & Gardens are set to re-open following a major refurbishment.
Having been under renovation since last year, the new buildings, which will be an educational training centre in connection with Myerscough College, will once again give pleasure to thousands of visitors .
The greenhouses had remained in a derelict state, for many years until Warrington Borough Council secured a Lottery grant to rebuild them and transform them into an educational facility, working in partnership with the college and the Walton Lea Project.
Once the opening ceremony has taken place, students from the college will study at the premises during the week.
For members of the public, they will be open on weekends, while the history section will be open daily to general visitors.
As well as this major work at Walton Hall, the buildings behind the greenhouses have been lovingly restored and refurbished into classrooms.
The historic bike museum, which opens on the weekends has moved to the back of the gardens alongside the main hall.
These investments at the gardens will be a boost to the attraction and will allow for it to gain a wider scope of visitors due to its connection with Myerscough College.
The gardens provide a wonderful place to relax, have a picnic, and visit the zoo.
Families can relax while their children explore the playground, play crazy golf or have an afternoon lunch and drink in the cafe.
For more information visit www.waltonhallgardens.co.uk