Cliveden thrills again - giant slide is back at National Trust gardens
PUBLISHED: 14:25 02 May 2014 | UPDATED: 14:25 02 May 2014
Following rave reviews last summer, a giant stainless steel slide has returned to the gardens of Cliveden, near Maidenhead to continue to raise awareness of one of the most ambitious and complex conservation projects in the National Trust.
The 6.5 metre high slide for visitors has been re-fitted to scaffolding as part of an ongoing multi-million pound project to save Cliveden’s magnificent South Terrace. Visitors can go up to a viewing platform on top of the scaffolding to get a view over the conservation work as it progresses. Children and brave-hearted adults can then descend to ground-level via the 22.5 metre long slide.
“The slide proved to be a huge hit with visitors of all ages last summer, and encouraged families in particular to come and see our conservation work,” says National Trust General Manager John Waxman. “Everyone using the slide is being encouraged to donate money towards the project and we hope that tens of thousands of visitors this year will enjoy sliding to save the South Terrace”.
The Terrace, which affords fine views over Cliveden’s famous formal gardens and the surrounding countryside, is one of the oldest parts of the entire estate and, at over 350 years old, it’s beginning to show its age.
In 2013, a specialist team carefully dismantled the double flight of stairs from the Terrace to the Parterre and they are now in the process of putting it back together again. The old bricks and stonework are being checked, and as a last resort replaced, before being mortared back into position in order to rebuild the stairs. The next stage of the project will be to lift the slabs on the top of the western side of the Terrace so that the old and damaged drainage system below can be repaired.
“Since it was first built in the late 17th century, the Terrace has provided the foundations for three mansions and it’s also the perfect spot from which to enjoy the views that have captivated visitors for centuries. Our multi-year, project, will ensure that the Terrace will provide enjoyment for visitors for another 300 years,” says John.
The slide will be in place at the South Terrace whilst the conservation work is taking place this year, so don’t miss the chance to enjoy a thrilling experience in one of the country’s most spectacular formal gardens.
Cliveden is open daily from 10am to 5.30pm. The slide is open at weekends and holidays 1-4.30pm, subject to weather conditions. For further information see: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden or call 01628 605069