Dunham Massey’s garden © The University of Manchester

Dunham Massey’s garden

Relaxation and recuperation

For soldiers recovering at the Stamford Hospital, it wasn't just the indoor environment that was important. Soldiers spent lots of time outdoors, relaxing and recuperating in all weathers. Click below to find out more about how the garden was used during the First World War.

Rosa 'Stamford's Sanctuary'

Rosa 'Stamfordâ¿¿s Sanctuary', launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015

On your visit to the garden look out for Rosa 'Stamford's Sanctuary'. This elegant cream climbing rose was grown by Peter Beales Roses to commemorate the Stamford Hospital and its patients and was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on 18 May this year. You can order a rose for collection in November on 0161 928 6820.


The Victory Garden

This seed order from 1918 reveals what was planted in the walled garden

During the First World War gardeners on the home front were encouraged to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs on any available land to supplement their diets. Last year a cluster of Victory Gardens were recreated at Dunham. These small plots contain a mixture of fruit, vegetable and herb varieties grown during the First World War, including many heritage cultivars no longer grown today. 


The Hut

Veterans art is featured in the hut

Earlier this year a group of military veterans worked alongside an art therapist to create artwork that tells the story of the Stamford Hospital and reflects their own experiences of conflict. The result is an evocative recreation of the hut in the garden which was used to deliver the 'fresh air cure' to wounded soldiers during the First World War.