Do you love Fullers Mill as much as we do?

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Following our success as regional winners RHS Partner Garden of the Year in both 2021 and 2022 for East of England we’d love to win a third title and you can make the difference.

Due to our success, we were unable to take part in last year’s competition, however, we’re ready to win back our title in 2024.

Please vote today!

Join our team as a Bothy Assistant!

We’re looking for two enthusiastic team players to join us at Fullers Mill. If you have customer service experience, excellent organisational skills and enjoy working as part of a small, committed team, we’d love to hear from you. Read more.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2024

Frosty Fullers MillWe will be opening for the season on 3 April, 2-5pm and welcome you to come and explore our fabulous garden.

View from the Low Garden, looking across the Culford Stream

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.

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. Gardener Manager, Rory McDonnell and his 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

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


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



West Stow, Bury Saint Edmunds IP28 6HD, UK


2024 Season Opening Times 

3 April – 30 October

Wednesday 2pm – 5pm

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 5pm

Tour our fabulous garden, and be inspired by our festive cards, gifts, bulbs and plants.


No booking required 

Payment will be taken on entry at the garden. 

We can only accept assistance dogs at our gardens. Please leave all pets at home.

We’re sorry, but picnics are not permitted in the garden, however we’re surrounded by the beautiful Kings Forest where your picnic can be enjoyed.

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