A Scratch in the Soil

The memoirs of a Suffolk brewer, gardener and wildlife conservationist

Bernard Tickner

Visitors to the Fullers Mill Garden will enjoy the central chapters of Bernard’s memoirs, which chart the development of the garden over half a century with stories of the people and the plants that have made it what it is. Bernard also played a significant part in the creation of the local Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve, however, while professionally he was an influential Head Brewer and Production Director of Greene King. Of these endeavours, too, he has tales to tell.

The young naturalist growing up in Hadleigh, the young man at war in East Africa, the innovator at the Brewery, the determined campaigning conservationist, the gardener among his plants or walking after supper with his wife Bess to hear the nightingales – all are remembered and brought vividly to life in a most engaging read.

A Scratch in the Soil is available online from our shop and is on sale now at The Bothy, Fullers Mill Garden, priced at £8.50.


Garden opening times

To be confirmed

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Fullers Mill Garden is an RHS Partner Garden, with RHS members entitled to free entry on Wednesday afternoons.

Private visits from groups are welcomed throughout the year by prior arrangement, with guided tours available from staff and plenty of parking for coaches.

Tea, coffee and delicious home-made cakes are available to purchase from the Bothy. Plants propagated from the garden are available for sale.

Assistance dogs only please.