Northern Coffeehouse: Rivington Terraced Gardens - RSA

Northern Coffeehouse: Rivington Terraced Gardens

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  • People & place
  • Communities
  • Heritage
  • Environment
  • Fellowship

Inspired by the RSA’s origin in an enlightenment coffeehouse over 260 years ago, our new Northern Coffeehouse series offers an interactive space to share ideas for social change.

We’re joined by Vanessa Ashworth, who helps to run the Rivington Terraced Gardens. The Gardens are described as “a magical place of hidden paths, caves, structures and lakes covering an area of roughly 45 acres of hillside.”

The Gardens were conceived and built by Lord Leverhulme between 1905 and 1925. After his death, and subsequent sale of the property in 1925, the gardens began to fall into disrepair. 60 years later, United Utilities owns the land, and the Rivington Heritage Trust repair and conservation project is underway. It’s open 365 days a year and is completely free to visit.

Join us most Fridays for an informal lunchtime talk followed by a chance to discuss the topic of the day or anything else that is on your mind, in small breakout rooms. Starting at 1pm and finished by 1.45pm, you can enjoy your Friday lunch break with inspiring speakers and interesting colleagues.

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