We are an enthusiastic, friendly group who hep look after the tower gardens maintaining, renewing and revamping
The gardens are quite extensive, but unfortunately in the past have been neglected due to underfunding. We work hard to help provide a garden where everyone can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of such beautiful surroundings.
We meet on Wednesday's 10am-3pm in spring and summer and 11am-2pm in winter, if the weather is fine
If you feel you would like to join us and enjoy fresh air and good company, please contact us via the communications form below.
The Kitchen Garden Group
Set in the tranquil gardens of Turton Tower, the Kitchen garden is open throughout the year to visitors, walkers and the local community. It is set on a sloping site, with four large beds and borders which have been subdivided for vegetables, herbaceous perennials, summer annuals, soft fruit and a variety of fruit trees. Spring bulbs give a fine and increasing display from late February to early April.
Good paths give access to the entire garden, and in the winter of 2015/2016 these were resurfaced by the volunteer gardeners to make them cleanly accessible whether on foot, in a wheelchair or with a pushchair (using materials from a Big Lottery Fund grant).
The garden was established in Victorian times but fell into disuse and became badly overgrown in the 20th century, though it was worked for a few years during and shortly after WW2. The project to restore it began in 2008 by a committed enthusiastic group of volunteers. The garden was completely covered with brambles, ferns, old bushes and trees – unrecognisable as a garden. It took the volunteers two years to clear it; a lot of sweat and tears included! The Kitchen Garden is now an attractive, functioning garden which continues to develop to retain and increase both interest and structure.
The garden can be visited at any time, or your visit can be timed to explore the Tower and café (normally closed Monday and Tuesday). The Kitchen Garden is situated close to the top car park, a little further along the path past the arched gates entrance to the Tower.
Helping at the Kitchen Garden
There is always much to do and something for all abilities and capabilities: weeding, watering, planting flowers and vegetables, creating structures, tending plants in the greenhouse or even helping with events and fund-raising. All funds for the garden are raised by the volunteers through sale of produce and preserves, organising events, giving talks or by applying for grants for specific needs. Why not join in the development of this beautiful old kitchen garden, a thriving community based garden?
Volunteers work in the garden every Tuesday and Saturday between 10am and 1pm. If you can spare only an hour or two, this goes a long way towards keeping the garden looking beautiful.
Anyone is welcome to join in, young or old, skilled or novice, active or less mobile; there’s a role for everyone! There’s no membership fee – just a group who like creating a garden in lovely surroundings for all to enjoy.
If you want to know more about volunteering or to discuss joining, please contact us via the communications form below or phone: 07776 182 231 or 01204 300 541.