The Elford Hall Garden Project began life in 2009 with the objective of saving the walled garden from development as housing. The project is entirely conceived, delivered and maintained by volunteers – a tremendous community effort which has received recognition through the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, several Royal Horticultural Society Awards and an Award of the British Empire Medal to Chairman and founder member David Watton.
The ‘mission statement’ was always to try to provide a free amenity for everyone to enjoy – open and accessible to all. Since 2009, the project has gone from strength to strength and now attracts many visitors throughout the year.
The garden offers a range of allotments, an orchard, flower borders, a rose garden, a sensory garden and has many interesting historical features. It is also available for hire as a venue for hosting weddings and celebrations, and catering can be provided for group visits. Pathways are wheelchair friendly, toilets are available and on volunteer days (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) it is also possible to get refreshments. Picnic tables are provided and there is a boules pitch that visitors can use. It is a good site for wildlife observation, has 3 pegs for angling enthusiasts and is the perfect place to relax and take time out to smell the roses!