Paycocke's garden: restoring our outdoors story

Come and smell the lavender along the brick path © 973985/National Trust

Come and smell the lavender along the brick path

Once an overgrown and neglected part of our story, Paycocke's fantastic team of volunteers have transformed its once neglected garden into a glorious vision of colour. A key spot to seek out during a visit.

In 2008, when Paycocke's last tenant was looking to move out, the garden had suffered from long term neglect but clearly had lots of potential despite the huge amount of work required.

The garden had played an important part in the house's history before passing into our care. Starting out as an industrial yard and evolving over the years into a beautiful arts and crafts garden at the start of the 20th century under Conrad and Miriam Noel, it seemed such a shame that it was on the brink of being lost.

Our volunteer gardening team and Custodian set about drawing up a new vision for the garden, taking inspiration from the arts and crafts movement and featuring plants that would have been used over the previous five centuries of the house's existence.

The garden now brings to life Paycocke's story:

  • Plants contemporary to the house's first owner Thomas Paycocke through to Medieval dye plants, historic roses and Edwardian Fuscias...
  • A new 'productive garden' which provides flowers for our displays in the house and vegetables for our stall of fresh produce.
  • Don't miss the highly popular croquet set  reflecting the time of the house's restoration.

The team's plans were helped enormously when we benefited from the bequest of the late Mrs Mary Winifred Larret for £3000 whose executors were impressed by the team's enthusiasm, dedication and love of the garden. Along with a further £1000 direct from the Trust, their funding has enabled us to create the beautiful garden visitors see today.