The Gardening Groups

We are an enthusiastic, friendly group who help look after the tower gardens maintaining, renewing and revamping

The gardens are quite extensive, but unfortunately, in the past have been neglected due to underfunding.

The Walking Group

The Walking Group has been up and running (walking) for many years now, and happily, so far, we have managed to avoid getting soaked through. 

Collections Care Group

The Collections Care Group is a friendly group of ladies (men are welcome) whose aim is to maintain and enhance the numerous items throughout Turton Tower. 

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The Tower Gardening Group

We are an enthusiastic, friendly group who help look after the tower gardens maintaining, renewing and revamping

The gardens are quite extensive, but unfortunately, in the past have been neglected due to underfunding.  We work hard to help provide a garden where everyone can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of such beautiful surroundings.

We meet on Wednesday’s 10am-3pm in spring and summer and 11am-2pm in winter, if the weather is fine

If you feel you would like to join us and enjoy fresh air and good company, please contact us via the communications form below.

The Walking Group

 The Walking Group has been strolling on for many years now.  We meet every 6 to 8 weeks in the Tower car park on a Sunday morning, and either set off on foot or drive to more exotic locations (other parts of the West Pennine Moors). Numbers vary, but average 7 or 8 participants.

We usually meet at 10.30 am and return to the Tower by 4 pm in the afternoon having walked about 5 or 6 miles, depending on the terrain. In the winter, with reduced daylight hours, we usually remain in the locality of the Tower. As we get more daylight, we can venture further afield to explore new areas.

In the past, we have been to Blackburn, Darwen Tower, Roddlesworth and even to Haworth. More recently we have explored Scout Moor, Waugh’s Well and the Cheesden Valley. Sometimes we are rewarded with wonderful views from Pendle Hill to Jodrell Bank and from the Lake District to the Peak District.

If you feel like a bit of exercise, please come and join us. Bring your own refreshments and comfortable, stout shoes/boots and be prepared for inclement weather.  Any suggestions for places to go and new routes to take will be most welcome!

The Friends of Turton Tower take no responsibility for any injuries which may occur on the day. The walks are not official FoTT events and are undertaken at your own risk, but are very pleasant social occasions and with good company, in the beautiful countryside taking in places of interest along the way.

More information on other walks can be obtained from the following links:

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/leisure/walks/

www.westpennineway.org

If you would like to join the group and/or the mailing list, please complete the details below. We will endeavour to reply as quickly as possible.

The Collections Care Group

The Collections Care Group is a friendly group of ladies (men are welcome) whose aim is to maintain and enhance the numerous items throughout Turton Tower. We have had training from Museum Development Officers on how to repair and clean the furnishings and artefacts, and to make dust covers to keep the antique furniture dust-free during the time the Tower is closed. Curators of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London were very impressed when they visited in winter 2012. Printed instructions are available to newcomers. Occasionally items are put back into storage or returned to the museum that loaned them, causing a search of the numerous rooms and maybe a reworking of dust sheets to fit others.

There are advantages of being with the CCG as other local museums invite us to join them. Members have been invited to an introduction to Crewel Embroidery by a Royal School of Needlework Tutor, and recently to embroider a pillowcase to be hung from the ceiling at York St Mary’s in an exhibition about Sleep. In addition to maintaining historical items, there will be opportunities in future to make our own additions to the present day Turton Tower, as has always been the case.

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