Monk Coniston’s walled garden was revived by the National Trust in 2010 and has since been run as a series of allotment plots, mainly taken up by local people to grow vegetables. In 2010, Grizedale Arts brought two of the plots into use, hosting artist projects, as well as some children’s growing projects, on the site. These plots have now been adopted by local people.
The house and arboretum were a social hub in the later part of the 19th century, with visits from many celebrity guests including Lewis Carroll and Alfred Tennyson. The tree collection is spread through the valley with many magnificent examples leading up to Tarn Hows, an enhanced beauty spot of the area (see map in programme PDF).
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