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The fifties allotment was designed with the government campaign ‘Dig for Victory’ in mind which ran during the Second World War. It encouraged people to grow their own food to battle against food shortages and rising prices.
Edwardian herbaceous borders
The Edwardian herbaceous borders are a reflection of the traditional Edwardian style. Relaxed and naturalistic with a structured framework, using larger informal planting to disguise the order of it.
An example of wealth and development in gardening, glasshouses meant gardeners could keep tender plant species and exotic specimens to show off.
Named after William Cobbett (1763-1855) a radical political champion, it is a typical early 19th century garden of a farm labourer; hops for beer, a variety of maize for bread making, vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs.
Our herb garden contains many types of everyday herbs and these are used in our kitchen throughout the year.
The Medieval garden emulates the style of a purposeful garden. The purpose at The Gardens is based on pleasure and contemplation.
Tudor knot garden
The Tudor knot garden imitates the Tudors enjoyment of symmetry and symbolism. The belief of building such intricate gardens was that it reflected man’s power over nature.
The woodland was planted in February 1993 with a range of native trees. Species used were oak, ash, hornbeam, wild cherry and birch. Supporting a range of wildlife (oak trees can support up to 284 spies and insects).
The Children’s garden offers a stimulating area for children to explore and interact with plants and nature.
An outdoor area for entertaining and eating the freshly prepared food from our kitchens.
The wildlife garden is filled with plants native to the area that will thrive in the conditions and attract insects that are beneficial to the garden environment.
A garden to relax in with no distractions. Take in the sights, sounds and fragrances of grasses and plants.
This area is our production site, where we propagate and grow on many plants that are in the gardens all year round.
Low water garden
The low water garden demonstrates how certain plants, such as those from warmer climates like Australia, have evolved and developed ways of slowing the process of water loss on their own in order to survive in dry conditions.
The fruit garden has a mixture of well-established British fruits including; peaches, figs, sweet cherries, grapes, apples, pears, currants and berries.
The production area is where our home grown produce starts its life. There are small beds, hedges of fruit and four areas for vegetables.