Our Purpose

We are a registered charity providing supported learning, development and supported work activities for adults and young people with learning disabilities and complications caused by:   
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder 
  • mental health challenges  
  • mobility difficulties 
  • early on-set dementia 
  • syndromes including Downs, Fragile X and Williams
  • social exclusion
We have eight social enterprises including: retail, horticulture, woodwork, floristry, recycling donated furniture and recycling bikes, craft work and our Walton Lea tea room. Some people come for one day a week whilst others are with us between Monday and Friday. Everything that we make, grow or up-cycle is sold to support the Charity. In Spring 2019 as a result of a successful collaboration in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund,The Walton Lea Partnership will join Warrington Borough Council and Myerscough College in a unique venture to deliver learning in the repaired and transformed Conservatory and Shippon areas of the Walton Estate.  





HISTORY OF THE WALTON LEA SITE

The walled garden was part of a mansion built by George Crosfield in 1864. His brother John bought it in 1875 when George moved to London. The Armitage family then bought it the early 1900's when the rest of the Crosfield family moved to London. When they sold it in 1923 the Greenall family, political rivals of the Crosfields, acquired it and eventually demolished it, leaving the cottages, lodge and the walled kitchen garden intact.The Victorians were meticulous in siting and sizing their gardens. Ours measures one acre and the  land  slopes  downwards  from  the  south-facing wall toward the  north-facing  wall,  so that it  "tilts" towards the sun.  In  1942,  the  kitchen  garden  at  Walton  Lea,  which  had  recently been acquired by Warrington  Borough  Council,  as  part  of  a  plot,  which covered  over  48  acres, was  used  for  intensive  vegetable  growing.  The Walton  Lea  garden,  in  the  early days  of  Warrington  Borough  Council ownership,  produced  all  the  year  round  vegetables and tomatoes  for  the hospitals,  and  privets  for  the  new  estates  of Warrington.  The  emphasis  then  changed  to  becoming  a  nursery  for  growing trees, shrubs  and young plants.  There  was  heavy  investment  in  the  Youth  Training Schemes (YTS) at  Walton  Lea.  The present greenhouses were built with YTS money. The nursery  closed  around  1990  when  it  was  deemed  no  longer economically viable.  The Walton Lea Project ushered in another new and productive episode in the life of this lovely garden.