Visit an organic farm

Barley Wood Walled Garden, Bristol

Originally part of Barley Wood House built by Herbert Wills, director of the Imperial Tobacco Company, the Walled Garden is located on the outskirts of Bristol overlooking Wrington Vale and the Mendip Hills. Work started in 1998 to restore the garden to its turn of the century splendour, and it now boasts traditional glasshouses, flower boarders and vegetable beds.

Crops

The walled garden has an incredible variety of fruiting and flowering plants. Espaliered and cordoned fruit trees grow against the walls whilst soft fruits from blackcurrant to strawberry are kept in beds near a beautiful fan-trained gooseberry. An old vine is being restored to vigour in the glasshouse. Crop beds around the garden are rotated, producing legumes, roots, alliums and brassicas. Outside the garden lies an asparagus bed, and fields for vegetable production. Flower beds are planted along traditional Victorian lines with smaller plants at the front scaling to taller plants at the back creating a bank of breathtaking colour in the summer. The warm and sheltered glasshouses at the top of the garden grow seedlings and crops such as cucumbers and tomatoes.

Wildlife

The fields have a diverse wildlife population including buzzards, deer, rabbits and weasels. A wild area and a brook at the bottom of the fields provide habitat for different species. Insects, including all kinds of butterflies and bees from neighbouring beehives, are attracted to feed at the garden.

Café

Housed in the beautiful orangery, with views of the gardens, the café serves good, honest home cooked meals using seasonal garden and local produce. Open daily 9.30am-4.30pm and Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner. Please telephone to book. Available for private functions on request. T: 01934 863713

Farm gate sales

The best of the garden pick is always available on sale alongside jams and preserves from the garden, and some great organic wines and cheeses. In addition, a weekly veg box scheme operates, T: 0117 9351725

Craft workshops and Cider House

At the bottom of the gardens is a complex of art and craft workshops, housing potters, painters and more – well worth a visit. A round cider barn, beautifully constructed with local materials, presses apples from the garden for juice and cider.

When to go

The Walled Gardens are open to the public between 9.30am and 4.30pm daily. Entry April-October £2.50; November-March £1. Children under 16 free. School and group visits are welcome by arrangement. Please contact Chris on 0117 9351725  

How to get there   

The Walled Garden is just 12 miles form Bristol city centre. Take the A38 past the airport for 1.5 miles. Turn right at the top of Redhill at the brown tourist sign. After a mile you'll see high garden walls. The garden entrance is on the left.  

Contact details   

  • Jo Kang, Barley Wood Walled Garden, Long Lane, Wrington, Nr Bristol BS40 5SA   
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