Looking after the garden at Ightham Mote

A team of 4 gardeners on their hands and knees planting the bedding display in the formal garden

Ever wondered how much work it takes to maintain Ightham Mote’s garden? As we carry out our work, we're going to update you with some of our highlights, as well as some tips and tricks.

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03 Jul 18

The 'leaky' dam

Recently, our gardeners teamed up with our estate rangers to build a 'leaky' dam near the end of the garden. The dam will help with our water management, holding back any bouts of torrential water and spreading it onto the surrounding area. The water will then slowly drain back into the stream. This natural flood defence should take the pressure off of the moat in periods of relentless rainfall. Under normal rainfall conditions the stream will continue to flow as usual, passing beneath the structure

A man-made log dam under a bridge at Ightham Mote

06 Jun 18

The shape of things to come

Our gardeners have been enjoying some well deserved sun lately as they replant our Formal Garden. Part of the work involves the shaping of the bushes here or topiary. Gardener, Pippa, has the responsibility of getting the topiary bushes picture-perfect for the summer. No pressure Pippa.

Ightham Mote gardener shaping topiary bush

02 May 18

Anyone for tennis?

Our North Lawn looked like a mixture of Wimbledon and Wembley after gardener, Jonathan, completed his first cut of the season. To achieve this finish, he initially used a ride-on mower before using the cylinder mower to put in the stripes.

North Lawn at Ightham Mote with stripes after first cut of the season.