Our organically managed gardens surround the historic house, and lie at the heart of the 500 acre farm and conference centre
We welcome a wide diversity of visitors and students throughout the year, and the gardens aim to meet the needs of all who visit. Our outdoor spaces are often used creatively by visiting groups for a range of activities from the arts to an alternative meeting space.
Gardening for the environment and for education
The main aim and approach to our gardening is to give a little bit back to the environment by creating a haven for the abundant wildlife in the surrounding Kent countryside. Designed throughout to emphasize our relationship with nature, some garden areas offer secluded quiet, restful spaces, whilst others offer open areas for hands-on learning.
We strive to create a relaxed setting with nature taking the lead and perfection taking a back seat. You'll find beautiful, nectar rich ornamental plants combined with native wild flowers, ponds, shady avenues of trees and flowing lawns.
Download the garden tour leaflet (pdf) for an imaginary stroll around our gardens.
Organic vegetable gardens
Just north of Bore Place House are our expanding Soil Association certified organic vegetable gardens. These provide produce we use in our on site kitchen, for educational work with visiting schools and community groups and we also sell some produce to small, local businesses. The vegetable gardens are also key to our work with young people, providing work experience for those in our Grow to Grow programme
All the gardens are managed by a small, dedicated team of staff and volunteers. If you're interested in getting involved, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
(Credit: BBC / Clore Leadership Programme)