Carter Jonas
Carter Jonas

Shrewd thinking cultivates success for Walled Garden

A combined effort by the planning and development and rural teams at Carter Jonas in Shrewsbury has not only secured planning and listed building consent but also a commercial lease for the re-development and occupation of an historic walled garden set within a Grade II* listed estate park in Shropshire.

Restoration of glass houses, construction of a tea room and shop, a new car park, highways access, and a change of use are all part of the plan. The tea room and the shop have both been carefully designed using low-key traditional Georgian and Victorian timber detail including Oak King and Queen post trusses. The buildings will be externally clad in larch sourced directly from the estate.

The lease is drawn for 20 years outside the security of tenure provisions of the 1954 Act and was carefully drafted to reflect the unique “partnership” approach of the owners and the tenants where financial considerations were less important than using the lease to help cement a close business relationship.

The Walled Garden will be developed into a series of garden rooms divided by hedges encompassing both ornamental and productive horticulture, ranging from a wildlife-friendly floral meadow to a romantic cottage garden, herbaceous borders,

and a formal vegetable garden incorporating a ‘Phlox walk’, ornamental vegetable garden, ornamental fruit garden, interlinking pathways and borders, and central pond. 

Visitor interest throughout the year will be sustained by creating a garden with an emphasis on the changing seasons. The Walled Garden will also act as stock beds for the nursery as well as its showpiece. Produce - cut flowers, fruit, and vegetables - will also be sold from the nursery and used in the tea room.

The Garden centre will be run by Wildegoose Nursery, whose co-founders Jack and Laura Willgoss operate the UK’s largest Viola Nursery after taking over the Bouts Cottage Nursery collection.

In 2013, Jack and Laura were both listed in the Sunday Times Top 20 horticulturalists under 40 and also won Gold at RHS Malvern in 2014 and 2015 as well as a Silver Gilt at Chelsea this year. The enterprise is a specialist nursery in the true old-fashioned sense of the word; one where all the plants are produced on site, where the stock plants can be seen growing in the garden, expert advice and knowledge is given, and there is the opportunity to find something a bit different.

charlene sussums

Charlene Sussums-Lewis


Charlene is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor based in Shrewsbury and advises a wide range of clients across Shropshire, Cheshire, Powys and North Wales on matters relating to individual p...

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