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 (2012), several Royal Horticultural Society ‘Outstanding’ 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 – a community garden 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 as a venue for hosting weddings and celebrations, and for group visits. Pathways are wheelchair friendly, toilets (including disabled) are available and on volunteer days (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) it is often possible to get refreshments. The bothy inside the walled area is always open and visitors can shelter from inclement weather and also use the drinks making facilities for a small donation. There are picnic tables provided and there are boules pitches that visitors can use. It is a good site for wildlife observation, has 3 free pegs for angling enthusiasts and is the perfect place to relax and take time out to smell the roses!
The garden is FREE to enter and is open every day. The produce table has fruit, vegetables and plants available for a donation to the charity. We are now making and selling cider from our own apples and perry from our pears. Inside the Head Gardener’s House there are toilets and there is a library where visitors can take away books for a donation or exchange one of their own books for one of ours for free! Groups are welcome and guided tours can be arranged
The project has an unmanned telephone so it is probably better to try to contact us via email – or better still, visit us on a volunteer day and meet the team! Directions to the garden can be found on the ‘contact’ page.