Welcome news at Hoo Walled Garden

Luton Hoo Walled Garden  volunteer Vivien Tyler
Luton Hoo Walled Garden volunteer Vivien Tyler

Wednesdays are open days at Luton Hoo Walled Garden. Visitors are welcomed with open arms and invited to inspect the renovation project being undertaken by a small army of loyal volunteers.

There are light lunches in the marquee and plants and produce for sale at the farm stall.

The unique five acre octagonal site was designed by Capability Brown in the late 1760s for Lord Bute and was considered second only to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

Several of the exotic plants he brought back from his travels are still grown in the Walled Garden which is slowly regaining its former glory after decades of neglect, with volunteers rightfully proud of their achievements.

It’s open every Wednesday from 11am to 3pm until September 30. Admission is £5 and for an additional £3, visitors can have a tour of the farmyard, which is popular with companies filming period dramas. Call 01582 721443.