'Have a Go' in the Kitchen Garden


Take a look at what is happening in the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court. With our 'Have a Go' activities taking place throughout the season, such as flower-arranging workshops, children's trails, jam-making and gardening tips and tricks - there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Kitchen Garden. 

We are delighted to pilot a programme of ‘Have a Go’ Kitchen Garden activities as part of our development work for the Kitchen Garden Project, which has been made possible by National Trust supporters and the Heritage Lottery Fund.  We have been working closely with our Kitchen Garden Volunteers and local community to shape a variety of hands-on experiences that people of all ages, interests and abilities can enjoy.

Check-out our What's On page for more details on how you can get involved with our 'Have a Go' Kitchen Garden activities at Florence Court.

Please keep up-to-date with upcoming 'Have a Go' activties and with what is happening in the Kitchen Garden as the project progresses below.

Latest updates

18 May 18

Activity: Community Archaeology Dig - Friday 18 May - Sunday 20 May 12pm-4pm

The site of the old glasshouses truly came to life when we welcomed 120 young archaeologists from local primary schools in Florence Court, Derrylin, Kinawley and Bellanaleck, and members of the public to take part in an archaeology dig led by our Regional Archaeologist, Malachy Conway. The 3-day event provided opportunities to dig in the trench, sieve, wash and record finds, and as a reward for enthusiastic efforts, participants received rhubarb straight from the plot and nasturtium and marigold seeds to take home and grow at home. Many interesting finds were uncovered, including a button personalised with a coat of arms, believed to have belonged to the last Head Gardener’s uniform and some metal brackets thought to be part of the internal fixtures of the original glasshouses. We look forward to meeting more budding Archaeologists and uncovering more hidden treasures at Florence Court in the project’s next phase … watch this space!

Digging deep to uncover the history behind the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court

22 Apr 18

Activity: Rot Pot Scavenger Hunt - Sunday 22 April 11am-2pm

April showers aside, everyone had a lot of fun at our ‘Earth Day’ scavenger hunt. Visitors young and old grabbed a bucket before embarking on a composting scavenger hunt around the Kitchen Garden, following the hungry Gardener’s footsteps to discover and collect the necessary ‘ingredients’ to create their very own mini-composter (fondly known as ‘Rot Pots’ at Florence Court!) to take home and put to good use. Take a look at these Earth Day creations!

Enjoying the Rot Pot Scavenger Hunt in Florence Court Kitchen Garden

11 Apr 18

Our new Florence Court Kitchen Garden Long-term Volunteer Jo

Jo has recently joined us as our new Long-term Kitchen Garden Volunteer and has the privilege of staying in the beautiful 'Rose Cottage', in the Walled Garden at Florence Court. “After re-visiting the amazing Rhossili beach last year, I was inspired to look to the National Trust when seeking a new challenge and possible career change. What better way to combine my love of growing, gardening and the great outdoors than applying for a long-term volunteer opportunity in the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court? I hope through my involvement here to be able to inspire others and make a difference to someone's day, just as the National Trust did for me” - Jo, Long-term Kitchen Garden Volunteer Jo will be a fantastic addition to the already highly established and dedicated team of Kitchen Garden volunteers and will share her love of everything gardening related and outdoors with the rest of the team and our visitors.

Rose Cottage, one of our holiday cottages, nestled in the corner of the walled garden