Head Gardener, Fergus Garrett on the Orchard.

This is our principal area of meadow stretching almost the whole south side of the garden. Studded with apples, pears, plums, hawthorns and crabs, the meadow stretches into the landscape marrying us to the surrounding countryside. The long grass contains communities of crocuses, daffodils, four types of terrestrial orchid, and Adder’s Tongue ferns

If you want to create your own meadow the High Weald AONB have some great resources: http://www.highweald.org/look-after/weald-meadows-network.html

Agrifactors are also a good source of local seed: https://agrifactors.farm/home/wildflower/

In addition meadow cuttings from our meadows will be available to collect for a limited period by appointment in August or September for people to use to create their own meadow (meadow plants can be locally adapted so local people only please) Please note that some of our meadow areas do contain exotics such as crocus so cannot be guaranteed as wild. Please contact [email protected] to register your interest. Donations welcomed by way of payment!