Our work at Bishop's Gate garden
You can discover an abundance of colour beyond the gothic Bishops Gate lodge. Bishops Gate garden has undertaken a dramatic transformation over recent years thanks to the hard work and passion of our dedicated gardening and volunteer team.
A dedicated team
Head gardener Una Quinn leads a dedicated and passionate team who help to keep the gardens looking beautiful all year round. You can catch Una and her team on a Wednesday – they’ll be happy to answer any questions about the garden you may have.
This same group have helped at many other events which include the concerts , garden walks , Christmas wreath making and weekly guided tours and walks.
Transforming the Bog Garden
Keen volunteers are helping to transform the Bog Garden and surrounding area into a more colourful and manicured state. The Bog Garden had previously been neglected in certain areas with many invasive plants taking over. Slowly, the weeds and plants in the wrong places are diminishing. It houses a great variety of flowers, including some stunning irises.
See the Mussenden Temple perched on the clifftop and explore the dramatic coastal landscape of Downhill Demesne which is steeped in history. See far-reaching views from the country fields and paths. Look out for colourful wild flowers in the natural grasses.
Delve into the history of Downhill House and the famous Mussenden Temple and find out about the eccentric Earl Bishop who once lived here.
Discover what volunteering opportunities are available at Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne, and how you can get involved.
We believe that nature, beauty and history are for everyone. That’s why we’re supporting wildlife, protecting historic sites and more. Find out about our work.
Read about our strategy 'For everyone, for ever' here at the National Trust, which will take the organisation through to 2025.