A new lease of life
Attingham Park's Walled Garden is situated on the Mile Walk just 10 minutes from Visitor Reception. Built in the 1780s to provide food for the whole household at Attingham Park, the garden gradually declined in the 20th century. By the 1960s the fruit trees around the walls had been removed, the well and dipping pool filled in and the ground was being used as a football field. In 2008, a vintage tractor ploughed the first furrow in the grass and work began to bring this magnificent Walled Garden back to life. Since then a dedicated team of staff and volunteers have been restoring the walled garden, frameyard and orchard at Attingham Park into an excellent example of a late 18th-century kitchen garden estate. In May this year our dedicated team of staff and volunteers celebrated five years of restoration. With an acre and a half of organically grown fruit and vegetables, three large glasshouses in full production, the frameground with seed beds and flowers for cutting, and a three-acre orchard of nearly 160 apple trees there is a lot to see and celebrate. With all our produce picked fresh every day and going directly to the tea-room and shop, the Walled Garden is truly a place of beauty and bounty and well worth a visit at any time of year.
- The glasshouses in the frameyard growing salad crops all year round.
- Displays of bulbs and annual cut flowers in our hazel raised beds.
- The atmospheric bothy, giving a sense of how gardeners worked.
- Having a picnic in the 3 acre orchard, with over 150 apple trees.
- Tasting our delicious produce in the tea-rooms or buying your own.
Enjoy great videos about the Walled Garden on our YouTube channel, including a fascinating interview with wartime Head Gardener Mary Gatecliff.
A garden for all seasons
Spring is an important time of year in the garden. It’s then that we start seeds off early in the glasshouses. We prepare the vegetable beds for planting and sow annual cut flowers for our raised hazel beds. As the weather warms, we transplant seedlings into the main garden, constantly weeding as everything starts to grow.
The main task during the summer is to harvest our produce to use in the tea-rooms and shop. We need to water the salad crops in the glasshouses (melons, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and chillies), as well as pruning our various fruit trees. Of course, the grass also needs constant mowing and edging.
September, October and November see the continuing harvesting of our produce for the tea-rooms and shop. We also begin clearing the main vegetable and frameyard beds as plants die back. The orchard needs harvesting, as 37 varieties of apple require picking, pressing and juicing.
Towards the end of the year we start digging new beds ready for the following year. We replenish the soil in our glasshouse beds and prune the apple trees in the orchard. Pots need cleaning, labels need sorting and seeds have to be ordered as we prepare for the coming spring, and our yearly cycle starts over again.