Restoring the garden at Paycocke's

The back of the house is white and viewed from the lush green garden with an uneven roofline

The garden is the best-kept secret at Paycocke's. With almost an acre to explore, find out how an industrial yard evolved into a beautiful arts and crafts garden.

Our fantastic team of volunteers have transformed this once-neglected garden into a glorious vision of colour, making it a key spot to seek out during a visit.
In 2008, when Paycocke's last tenant was looking to move out, the garden had suffered from long-term neglect but clearly had lots of potential despite the huge amount of work required.
The garden had played an important part in the house's history before passing into our care. Starting out as an industrial yard and evolving over the years into a beautiful arts and crafts garden at the start of the 20th-century under Conrad and Miriam Noel, it seemed such a shame that it was on the brink of being lost.
Our volunteer gardening team and custodian set about drawing up a new vision for the garden, taking inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement and featuring plants that would have been used over the previous five centuries of the house's existence.
The garden now brings to life Paycocke's story:
  • Plants contemporary to the house's first owner Thomas Paycocke through to medieval dye plants, historic roses and Edwardian fuchsias
  • A new 'productive garden' which provides flowers for our displays in the house and vegetables for our stall of fresh produce.
  • Don't miss the highly popular croquet set reflecting the time of the house's restoration.
The team's plans were helped enormously when we benefited from the bequest of the late Mrs Mary Winifred Larret for £3,000 whose executors were impressed by the team's enthusiasm, dedication and love of the garden. Along with a further £1,000 direct from the Trust, their funding has enabled us to create the beautiful garden visitors see today.

Perfect picnic spot

Our peaceful cottage garden is the perfect setting for enjoying a picnic. Choose a spot outside or in the Edwardian writing shelter.
Why not enjoy a game of croquet too?

Get involved

We're always looking for fresh faces to join our fantastic team of volunteers at Paycocke’s.
Volunteering with the National Trust is a great way to try something new, meet new people, learn new skills and help look after our amazing places, for ever, for everyone.
Email us or call us on 01376 561305 to find out more about our roles.

Why not join our gardening team?

Download our volunteer gardener role description (PDF / 1MB) download