RHS Partner Garden of the Year
Regional Winner

Fullers Mill, has been awarded a regional winner in the RHS Partner Garden of the Year for the Midlands and East Anglia region, as voted by RHS members. The theme for this year was ‘Feel Good Gardens’, in recognition of the positive impact gardens have on our physical and mental wellbeing.

“It has a deep peace about it, and it’s a plant persons garden”

“A beautiful place for all the family to enjoy. An absolute credit to gardening charity Perennial.”

“It is a woodland delight. It is a place of enchantment and reflection.”

Annie Dellbridge, the Head Gardener of Fullers Mill said “I am absolutely delighted that Perennial’s Fullers Mill Garden has received the award.  Not only are we all proud that the visitors to the garden love it as much as we do. The garden staff and apprentices are overwhelmed that they have taken the time to vote for us. Making a garden that has year round interest is only possible with the help from our fabulous and hard working volunteers who help in the tea room and garden.”

Visitors at Fullers Mill can explore the magical gardens around the Mill Pond planted with massed primulas, the majestic displays of lilies in the Top Garden, the Strip with its bed of sun-loving plants and views across the lake, and the Low Garden where the mix of shady areas and sunny glades offers ideal conditions for a whole range of charming woodland plants.

Peter Newman, Chief Executive of Perennial said “We are delighted to receive this prestigious award from the Royal Horticultural Society that recognises the hard work of the Perennial team at Fullers Mill. Annie Dellbridge and her team of gardeners and volunteers are committed to the long-term preservation of this waterside gem maintaining the garden for the enjoyment of all. They are working especially hard this year to extend the garden opening throughout November and up to December 18th.”

 

Fullers Mill is an enchanting and tranquil seven-acre creation on the banks of the River Lark. It combines a beautiful site of light dappled woodland with a plantsman’s collection of unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants. It is a garden of truly year-round interest. The garden was created by the late Bernard Tickner MBE (1924-2017). He moved to Fullers Mill in 1958 and spent over 50 years creating the garden you see today from rough scrub and woodland.

 

 

“The gardens at Fullers Mill Garden are delightful and well-maintained with friendly and knowledgeable volunteers and garden staff, who were happy to chat with visitors and very willing to share their expert knowledge.” Hazel Hook, Visit England assessor.

 

In 2004, Bernard and his wife Bess donated the garden to The Fullers Mill Trust, a registered charity, which was established to manage the garden and to ensure its future. In 2013, the garden was gifted to Perennial, for its long-term preservation. Head Gardener Annie Dellbridge and her team of gardeners and volunteers now maintain the garden for the enjoyment of visitors from April to October.

How Perennial Helps

Perennial is the UK’s only charity looking after people in horticulture and their families at any stage of life. If you work with flowers, plants, trees or grass, our friendly and experienced team are here to deliver completely free, confidential and personal support. We understand the devastating impact unexpected personal challenges and financial pressures has on lives. If you need help or know someone who does please contact us on 0800 093 8543 or visit perennial.org.uk.

With special thanks to Marcus Harpur, Jonathan Ward and Charlie Colmar for the photography used on these pages.

New Winter Opening Times 
The Garden and Bothy Shop and Tea Room will be opening from 31st October to 18th December.

11am – 4pm on Saturdays only.

Booking not required for Winter Openings.

Payment will be taken on entry at the garden. The garden is currently operating a cashless system, payments by card only.

To help us preserve its charm, the garden does not permit dogs, other than assistance dogs.

For full terms and conditions, click here. 

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