eat what we grow
Penny Redman has run the walled garden here since March 2018. The community supported walled garden was returned to organic vegetable production using the no dig method by Colum Pawson in 2015. The fruit and vegetables are sold in the on-site micro farm shop. Holiday makers are free to wander about the garden, but no nibbling please! Without the use of pesticides or fertilisers, and as a wildlife-friendly garden, it supports the biodiversity of the Old-Lands estate.
Penny studied Horticulture at Askham Bryan College in York rather a long time ago. She has worked for The National Trust at Nunnington Hall and Sutton Place, followed by a year working for the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley. She spent 4.5 years in the USA and Brazil living in an international communities with children with learning disabilities. Returning to England, Penny continued in the same vein, living with her family in a Camp Hill community in rural Gloucestershire. Penny divides her time between the garden and working at a private health and well-being clinic specialising in addictions. Penny does also like to use Biodynamic preparations in the garden.
Our courses on growing are hosted in the walled garden. Details of upcoming events can be found on our event page.