Walled Garden

Beauty and bounty

 © National Trust/Sean Hattersley

Welcome to the Walled Garden: a space to relax and unwind among the flowers, fruits and vegetables. The Walled Garden was originally created in the 1780s to supply the estate, but it fell into a neglected state. Our green-fingered team of staff and volunteers have spent five years working to bring it back to life.
 

Meet the gardeners

Chat to one of our gardners to find out what they're up to © National Trust/Sean Hattersley

Chat to one of our gardners to find out what they're up to

Admire the blooms in the borders and chat to the team about their tasks as they work. Drop on Sunday 27 July for our Fruit Festival, and find out about the varieties of fruit we grow and help with the harvest.

The Bothy

The Bothy is a good place to warm up after a walk © National Trust/Sean Hattersley

The Bothy is a good place to warm up after a walk

Step into the Bothy to find out more about the Walled Garden’s restoration and for a welcome rest after a stroll.

 

The orchard

Apple blossom in the orchard © National Trust/Sean Hattersley

Apple blossom in the orchard

In spring, watch out for the blossoms bursting into life on the fruit trees that line the garden walls. The apple trees in the orchard will also start to bud and bloom with delicate white blossoms, making it an ideal spot for a romantic picnic.
 

From plot to plate

Produce from the Walled Garden on sale in the shop

Produce from the Walled Garden on sale in the shop

Take a taste of the Walled Garden home – our fresh produce is on sale in our shop for you to enjoy at home. Our seasonal picks include lettuces, new potatoes, cucumbers, strawberries and raspberries. Our tea-room and Carriage House Café are also supplied with organic fruit and vegetables from the Walled Garden – so if you just can’t wait, why not see what’s on the menu today? You can find out how our gardeners get their delicious produce from plot to plate in this video.

What to see this season

The herbaceous garden

Come and enjoy our new herbaceous garden this season. We've re-created the cutting garden that was here in the 1920s - designed specifically to supply the mansion with floral displays throughout the growing season. We've decided to do the same, using the flowers from the herbaceous garden for the mansion urns and tearoom tables: there's plenty of space to sit and enjoy the sun too.

 

Getting growing

An early forced crop of rhubarb

Our gardeners can often be found out planting, picking and planning the latest developments. They’re also around on some special Walled Garden events where you can drop in to find out more about some of their seasonal tasks.

Dig deeper

From the arrival of our observation beehive to our restoration successes - dig a little deeper and discover the Walled Garden's stories on our YouTube playlist

The story so far

Over the past five years we’ve been working to restore this space and transform it from a neglected piece of land back into a productive kitchen garden.

A garden for all seasons

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    Spring

    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.

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    Summer

    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.

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    Autumn

    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.

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    Winter

    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.

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