The Walled Garden
The Walled Garden will reopen to the public on 1st March 2022.
Tuesdays - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesdays - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Thursdays - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Saturdays - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Sundays - 10:00am to 12:00pm
As well as being open for the public to walk around this historical site and admire the garden, we also have a variety of plants and seasonal produce for sale; the profits made from these sales help with the upkeep of the garden. All produce sold is grown on site and picked fresh.
In November 2014, the Friends of Markeaton Park were offered the lease of the Walled Garden, including a bothy and polytunnel. Our aim is to restore the garden back to its former glory so it can be enjoyed by the local community. In the past, the garden would have produced fruit, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers for Markeaton Hall.
Thanks to funding from the University of Derby, we were able to buy supplies such as tools, seeds and compost to get the project underway. Volunteers set about clearing the garden of all rubbish and weeds, and in the first spring around 75% of the garden had been brought back into use. The bothy was also restored with money awarded to the park by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
These photos show the garden when we first took over the Walled Garden. As you can see, there was a lot of tidying and organising to do before the garden could be opened to the public.
The garden was officially opened in 2015 by our patron, Jonathan Moseley.
Over the winter of 2015, with the help of the Allestree Neighbourhood Board, the small poly tunnel was repaired. The next spring, we were given some raised beds by the council and we later received funding from Toyota for more raised beds for our young gardener club.