Our most exciting new project to date. A five year plan for this former kitchen garden; known as Firrendale in the seventeenth century; is to being re-imagined with shrub borders and a long shade border filled with hosta's and tree fern's. Wander the shrub lined avenues and discover hidden garden rooms. The herbaceous borders are being planted with traditional English country style floral's of pinks, blues, whites with maybe a hint of exotica!
The 'ridge and furrow' glasshouses are attributed to Joseph Paxton who worked for the Crossley’s in Halifax and the unique peach cases are akin to the wonderful Paxton ones at Chatsworth House. Plans are underway to renovate these beautiful buildings so that visitors will one day be able to discover the Victorian architecture internally.
A brand-new area perfect for younger garden visitors, the enchanted jungle garden includes swings, paths and seating with plantings of bananas, gingers, bamboos and other jungle plants as well as a ‘beach’.
The central beds provide organic vegetables, herbs and edible flowers for the Estate. Floral cutting beds to the sides, supply bouquets to decorate the Hall and Fritton Arms and flowers to buy in the shop. A new composting area, perfect for insects is being established along with used potato boxes for growing root crops and a nursery production area zone for plant sales. Keep your eyes open for the 'secret' doorway to view the ancient parkland.
Plants will be available from May. Expect perennials, shrubs, exotics and some occasional rarities! Plants purchased can be found growing within the gardens so you can 'see before you buy'.