Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the formerly neglected two-acre Walled Kitchen Garden was restored to its former productive glory in 2007. Just a stone’s throw from the Hall, the Kitchen Garden now provides an abundance of fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs which take centre stage on the Café and Restaurant menus and are regularly for sale in our Farm Shop.
Using organic techniques, biological control methods and crop rotation, David Logan, our Head Gardener and his team are able to naturally maximise productivity and minimise pests so we have no need for chemical fertilizers, weed killers or pesticides.
The Kitchen Gardens also form an important part of our educational programme and our varied Kitchen Garden based workshops give children a truly hands-on outdoors experience.
The Kitchen Garden is regularly open for our customers and visitors to stroll around but occasionally it is necessary for us to close them – please check before your visit.
Rachel Petheram of Catkin Flowers
With cutting garden beds all around Doddington’s Kitchen Garden, Catkin offers a complete floristry service with a difference! Rachel specialises in wedding and events floristry and grows her own flowers in a sustainable way, reducing the environmental impact of her business. Her beautiful cut flowers can be found for sale in the Farm Shop and if you would like an insight into the world of a cutting garden florist, Rachel runs a number of courses here at Doddington throughout the year.
For more information please see www.catkinflowers.co.uk