Vision | Restoration

Working towards our vision

We are working towards the restoration of gardens that have been associated with Gisborough Priory since at least 1700. We expect the work to take at least ten years and success will depend on public support, particularly the help of local volunteers.
The first phase of this ambitious plan requires us to conduct work in the following three areas. They are important because they will underpin all subsequent works:

  • Research & Investigation
  • Clearance & Consolidation
  • Recording & Dissemination

This first phase of the restoration plan is funded by £21500 from Local Heritage Initiative (a national grant scheme, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), that helps local groups to investigate, explain and care for their local landscape, landmarks, traditions and culture) and £3500 from Guisborough Market Town Partnership. We thank our funders, volunteers and everyone who is helping – together we are making a difference.


Research & Investigation

Research undertaken over the past few years has given us a reasonable idea about the main components of the garden that we hope to restore. Ongoing and completed work includes:

  • Topographical survey – 2007
  • Archaeological investigation and research – 2007 and watching brief
  • Arboricultural survey – 2008
  • Walls and architectural survey – 2008
  • Further detailed design work (in light of the above findings) – pending
  • Archival research – ongoing

Volunteers from the local community will help wherever possible under the guidance and supervision of appropriate professionals.

Clearance & Consolidation

Key areas of the site need to be cleared and consolidated before restoration can begin:

  • The Monks’ Walk
  • East Terrace area
  • Stream area & its banks

This work commenced on the Monks’ Walk area in March 2007 and will be continued by volunteer working parties, recruited and coordinated by Gisborough Priory Project.

Recording & Dissemination

All activity on the project will be recorded and fed into the creation of:

  • A video diary of the projects progress
  • Website updates
  • Open days
  • Public meetings
  • Presentations to schools and other groups
  • Interpretative boards
  • Booklets and leaflets

If you are interested in helping Gisborough Priory Project please send a message using the Contact Us page.

Download the Archaeological report 2007 here