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Visiting the garden at Attingham Park

Blossom in Walled Garden, Attingham Park, Shropshire
Blossom in Walled Garden, Attingham Park, Shropshire | © National Trust/Jayne Gough

Step out on a walk in Attingham's garden and discover a restored Walled Garden, two-acre orchard and historic pleasure grounds teeming with wildlife. Be inspired to grow your own seasonal fruit and veg by visiting the Georgian Kitchen Garden.

Spring Blossom

Blossom at Attingham starts to appear in the spring from late February onwards. The first blossom is usually on the apricot trees and is soon followed by the blackthorn.

When visiting Attingham, the best place to see blossom is in the Walled Garden and the Orchard, where there are over 300 fruit trees, which blossom at different times. These include apples, pears, cherries, damsons, apricots, peaches, nectarines, gages, plums, medlars and quince.

Attingham Walled Garden

Soak up the scents, sights and sounds of Attingham's restored Walled Garden. Originally created in the 1780s, the team have been bringing this important part of the Attingham Estate back to life and production. After falling into disrepair, and having different uses in the 20th century, this Georgian kitchen garden is both beautiful and bountiful today.

Enjoy a taste of the Walled Garden at home

Fresh produce grown in the Walled Garden is used in seasonal dishes on the menu in the café. Depending on the harvest, surplus crops are sometimes available to buy in the Stables Shop.

Volunteer working in the Orchard at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Volunteer working in the Orchard at Attingham Park, Shropshire | © National Trust Images/Emma Bedford

At home in the orchard

Attingham's two-acre orchard reflects the size of the wider Attingham Estate. The orchard and walled garden were the most intensely productive areas of the Georgian estate. Probably built in the 1780s, at the same time as the mansion, it’s located out of sight, away from the rivers Severn and Tern that meander across the estate.

An apple a day

Georgian gardeners carefully cultivated different varieties of apples that ripened throughout the year, extending the natural growing season with early and later crops of eating and cooking apples.

This is still the case today. The first of the apples to be picked are the Red Joanetting apples in July and the last are the Sturmer Pippins in November to be supplied to Attingham's Carriage House Café and Stables Shop for most of the year. The Georgians would have been without home-grown apples only during May and June.

Brimming with wildlife

The orchard is a haven for wildlife and insects. Bees feed on the spring apple blossom and birds, such as blue tits and blackbirds, nest in the trees in holes left by falling branches. Wasps are welcome in the organic orchard as they play an important role in keeping aphids down by feeding on them.

Cattle in the parkland near the Mansion

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