With the help of Head Grower Sarah Coates and a team of volunteers, a new and exciting food growing project is happening on the estate in the Walled Garden.

Garden-grown vegetables, seasonal herbs and edible flowers will produce a kaleidoscope of colors, scents and flavors as they are grown using organic methods for The White Hart restaurant.

Although production is on a small scale, the kitchen garden has a range of advantages. For the first time, the restaurant will feature some dishes with almost zero food miles, and food wastage and packaging will be almost non-existent as crops are picked fresh and only as needed.

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Volunteers needed

Can you help us get this project off the ground? We’re looking for volunteers for a range of roles, including:

  • Gardening (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • Watering (most other days)

Please contact Sonja at volunteering@dartington.org for further details.




2 thoughts on “New food growing project underway in our Walled Garden

  1. Hi Francis,

    Thank you so much for your comment – it’s great to hear about the Walled Garden’s history. It was one of the reasons I joined the team here and I’m really excited to be able to bring it back to life. It hasn’t been completely unused in the years since you were here, but activity has definitely waned recently. It was used for a while by Amy Henshaw-Depledge who grows and sells flowers locally, but it’s some time since it has been used to its full potential. We’ve currently made beds on one side and we’re hoping to make beds on the other half soon.

    Not only is it an exciting new space but it’s a great project for the Dartington Team to get involved with and will hopefully produce a good crop of vegetables and herbs grown by our wonderful gardener Sarah Coates.


    Oliver Rowe (Director of Food and Drink)

  2. I was Dartington’s Land Enterprises Director in the late 1970’s and early ’80’s with the Gardens as part of my responsibilities. At that time the walled garden was highly productive, raising hardy nursery stock for the Plant Centre and Garden shop. When we revisited the gardens in 2016, it was so sad to see it all in a derelict state but what a joy to now see it being productive again – congratulations to all concerned – the tie-in with the White Heart seems a really great development. Incidentally the production of herbs and herb plants at that time was a major activity and inspired us in the mid to late 1980’s to create our own herb nursery and herb shop in mid -Somerset.

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