In 2007, a long lease which includes the surrounding land, was signed between Grizedale Arts and the Forestry Commission in order that the refurbishment of the buildings could begin in earnest. Grizedale Arts fund-raised intensively to finance the 1.2 million pound project, which aims to be completed in autumn 2008. The barns will be transformed into 4 artists’ live / work units with shared living space, whilst the farmhouse will house onsite wardens, initially Adam Sutherland and Karen Guthrie.
The surrounding land is now in the process of being ‘reclaimed’ to usefulness. One large field was deer-fenced and terraced with the aid of farmers from the Japanese mountain village of Toge in 2007, and housed two Tamworth pigs over summer 2007. The Kitchen Garden continues to be developed, with poultry to be added in 2008.
The gardens open to the public for the first time under the National Gardens Scheme on August 24th 2008, with group visits by appointment July until September.