Urchfont Manor gardens open to public for first time

On 19 June the stunning Urchfont Manor near Devizes will open its doors to the world and give the public access to its gardens for the very first time as part of the National Garden Scheme.

The house and gardens, described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner “as one of the best houses of its type in Wiltshire” is set in 13 acres alongside the picture postcard village of Urchfont.

In 2013 the current owners, Chris Legg and Eleanor Jones, bought the Manor have recently completed a major restoration.

“We’re thrilled that the garden is now at a point where it has been accepted as part of the National Garden Scheme and will open to the public for the very first time. We can’t wait to welcome the local community – and wider world into the gardens – on 19th June,” says Eleanor Jones.

About the garden

Owners, Chris Legg and Eleanor Jones commissioned RHS Gold medal winning landscape designers del Buono Gazerwitz to design a contemporary garden with a modern twist in a traditional setting. Neglected grassland has been transformed with a new reflective pool, lime allee, spiral garden and an extensive parterre of box and yew.

A must see is the kitchen garden. Fully restored and planted, it now produces a wide variety of fruit and vegetables all year round that not only supplies the household but also St John Bread & Wine restaurant, Spitalfields.

The rose garden has also been restored and replanted with over 100 plants and a pergola designed by del Buono Gazerwitz. While the five acres of south facing lawns and parkland contain dozens of mature specimen trees.

Bee hives have been placed next to the orchard and alongside a wildflower meadow, championing a sustainable pollination policy. A least 10 native species of bee now reside in the gardens.

A family day out

Saturday 19 June 11am – 5:30pm – Adult: £10.00. Children: Free
Tickets can be pre-booked via the National Garden Scheme website here Visit a garden in your area – National Garden Scheme (ngs.org.uk) and will also be available on the door*. All proceeds from garden tickets sales will go to support the nursing and health charities supported by the National Garden Scheme while all proceeds from the refreshment tent will support Urchfont village charities.