The historic Bishops' Gardens, with their centuries-long history, are part of the Historical Monument of the President of the Republic of Poland, which since 2014 has been the entire post-Cistercian Cathedral complex in Pelplin. The primary objective of the project is to revalorise the neglected park and restore its original appearance.
Even though you can still admire the geometric arrangement of alleys and numerous rows of hornbeam, lime trees and chestnut trees, unfortunately, the lack of a professional gardener caused some of the plantings to extend beyond the historic shape of the park and destroy the land architecture. The condition of many trees is unsatisfactory, a lot of them require urgent sanitary and tending treatments. The main decorative element of the park – a large round bed of low bushes and flowers, the so-called “parterre”, visible in the picture from 1905 – is no longer there.
The parterre will be reconstructed based on the preserved archival drawing. New alleys and paths in the park will also be made. Some of the trees will be tended to, others that disturb the original composition will be replanted, and new trees and shrubs will be added.
The water cascade, which used to be part of the baroque stairs leading to the bridge over the Wierzyca River, will be reconstructed. An arbour scene will be placed in the central part of the park, opposite the former cart house. At the end of the Gardens, behind the pond, there will be a relaxation area with tables and benches, additionally equipped with various attractions for families with children: willow tunnels, boxwood labyrinth or sandbox under
a willow canopy. Moreover, an irrigation installation as well as lighting and monitoring systems will be installed.
The second task of the project is a thorough renovation of the historic building of the former cart house. The U-shaped building of red brick, built in the first half of the 19th century, was used, according to its name, as a stable building for carts. Thermomodernisation will be carried out (including insulation of the walls from the inside to preserve the renovated brick façade), rafter framing and roofing will be renovated, window and door carpentry will be repaired, the interior will be almost completely rebuilt (including replacement of floors and plasters and modernisation of heating, ventilation, water, sewage and electrical installations), and a glass corridor will be added from the side of the renovated courtyard. The facility will also be equipped with monitoring and fire-fighting systems.
The last element of the project is the renovation of the historic gatehouse, the condition of which, due to the lack of insulation, is quickly deteriorating. Therefore, the most important aspect will be to provide a new damp insulation of walls. It is also planned to replace the floors, place new interior plasters and linings, repair the lintels in the basement, and finally install new windows and doors.
The works are expected to be concluded by the end of January 2022.