Broomfield Hall Gardens, Derbyshire
Yesterday was Mid-Summer and the weather was about as perfect as one could wish for. But we were also in for a treat…our Grandson Matthew, who is a student at Broomfield Hall, a part of Derby College, invited us to take a tour of part of the Walled Garden that have recently been restored. Bromfield was once a ‘gentleman’s residence’ built in the 1870’s and the Scottish Garden designer William Barron was commissioned in 1880 to landscape the gardens on the 425 acre estate.
Over the centuries the Hall has had a mixed heritage. Shortly after WW2 the Estate became an Agricultural College and now has a broad remit of Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care. As for the extensive gardens they had become neglected but slowly but surely they are being restored by both volunteers and students. I am told that despite the passage of time the garden layout and indeed the whole estate boundaries and field structure is the same today as in the 1880’s.
Many of the plants are raised in the gardens nursery by the Horticultural Students.
It is still work in progress so we will have to return at intervals to see just what they have instore for us.
It should also be mentioned that the Head Gardener was invited with the College to create a Long Border at the recent RHS Chatsworth Garden Show. It was the first time they had taken part and to the teams credit they were awarded a Silver Medal…not bad!
(C) David Oakes 2018