Probably dating back to the 18th century, the Walled Garden would have supplied the main house with fruit and vegetables. We have photographic evidence that this continued right up until the outbreak of the First World War, when eight or nine gardeners were employed. Like many Gardens of that time, when the gardeners didn’t return, the garden fell into disrepair. The biggest challenge has been to repair the perimeter wall and this has recently been completed.
The Walled Garden is now a highly productive area where most of the plants seen on the estate are propagated. The extensive borders display the range of herbaceous perennials produced. There is a cut flower border used to supply flowers for the big house, a small vegetable plot and fruit garden. Other features include alpine rockeries, fruit garden and orchard.
An exciting new development is the creation of an arboretum in the previously uncultivated area of the Walled Garden. Most of the planting is now complete and features groups of specimen trees including many varieties of malus and prunus. It will take a few years for the full effect, but already the signs are that this will be a very special area.