A Scratch in the Soil

The memoirs of a Suffolk brewer, gardener and wildlife conservationist

Bernard Tickner MBE

Visitors to Fullers Mill 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.

To find out more about Bernard’s life in brewing and at Fullers Mill, you can purchase his book ‘A Scratch in the Soil’ from our online shop  or at Fullers Mill, priced at £8.50.


The garden is now closed.

2021 Seasonal Opening Times

To maintain social distancing, we need to limit the numbers in the garden, so you’ll need to book your slot before you come. Payment will be taken on entry at the garden. The garden will be operating a cashless system, so please bring your card and use contactless payments where possible.

When attending your pre booked slot, please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before to avoid queuing and enable us to maintain social distancing.

2 April to 31 October | 2pm – 5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays | 11am – 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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ITV’s first logo ident of 2021 was filmed at Fullers Mill. Click here to find out more.

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

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