Harvest time at Mottisfont
Autumn is a time for harvest: from gathering fallen leaves to foraging apples. At Mottisfont, we're celebrating this seasonal bounty throughout October with events, activities, seasonal decorations and opportunities to learn more about the wider estate.
We're celebrating Harvest Time throughout October, 10am-5pm. Normal property admission price only.
Help us with our harvest
As well as enjoying the colourful, seasonal displays from our trees, you can help contribute to our compost. Who doesn't love gathering big handfuls of crunchy autumn leaves? You'll find leaf bins dotted around the north and south paddocks for throwing in your harvest - our gardeners will then add them into the compost mix.
Compost is integral to keeping our gardens in top condition, and fallen leaves are an important ingredient.
Autumn on the wider estate
Through our harvest celebrations, we're giving you the opportunity to discover more about our wider estate. Head to the stables to learn about autumn produce and wildlife.
October marks the beginning of felling season: we have an active working coppice in the Mottisfont woodlands. We cut hazel on rotation to produce an ongoing supply of produce including charcoal and faggots, which are available from the shop.
In an effort to play a part in reducing plastic waste, we're launching new hessian packaging for the produce this autumn – the first of its kind in the National Trust.
On the 6, 7, 27 and 28 October volunteers will be showcasing traditional woodturning skills.
You can explore the wider estate at your leisure with one of our downloadable walking trails. Why not visit the Millenium Orchard in the village just beyond our gardens? Managed by a dedicated volutneer team, the orchard is filled with traditional apple varieties in autumn, such as southern England cultivar the Egremont Russet.
Celebrate your own harvest
Want to celebrate harvest at home? We've created two handy how-tos to help you create compost and make your own cider.