- Bradwell Mill
- Local History
GROWING OUR OWN
There are no known plans of the original kitchen garden at Stacey Hill Farm. Mr Willis, a farm worker who tended the garden, recalls that it was mainly used for growing vegetables with some fruit trees divided by grass paths.
The present kitchen garden has been recreated to provide a period atmosphere, with authentic features and growing typical old fashioned varieties of plants, vegetables and fruit.
WHAT'S ON DISPLAY
Original tools and equipment on show include:
- Victorian cast iron rustic seat
- Pump and trough
- Cottager beehive
- Terracotta rhubarb forcing pot
- Victorian hand light cloche
The objective in the garden is to recreate the Victorian gardening year and depending on the season visitors will be able to see:
- A wide range of herbs
- The shady flower border
- Traditional country flowers
- Lavender hedge and rose pergola
- Heritage vegetables and fruit such as pink fir apple potatoes and kardoons. Amongst the vegetables are the infamous Webster's Downfall peas, which were grown at the farm as a trial.
The garden project has been built and maintained entirely by Museum volunteers and using mainly locally grown and donated plants. If you would like to help maintain the garden, please contact the Museum.
Some of the garden produce is used in the Victorian Kitchen when the Museum is open to show some traditional cooking.
We also sell fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the summer and produce a range of preserves such as jams and chutneys.