Ordsall Hall gardens

Heritage Lottery Fund Lottery FundedOrdsall Hall gardens are a recreation of various garden elements popular throughout history and likely to have featured in the Hall's history at some point in time.

The gardens feature a late Tudor style knot garden; Dig for Victory Garden; Herb Garden with medieval and Tudor herbs alongside those still popular today; ornamental borders containing flowers cherished by the Tudors; Heritage Garden with historic varieties of herbs, flowers and vegetables that can trace their roots back to Medieval and Tudor times; and an orchard of historic varieties of apples, pears, medlars and soft fruits. There are also a number of stone artefacts on display challenging visitors to guess what they were!

The location of the original moat is outlined and features two wooden causeways accompanied by the artworks of 'Swans' and 'Causeway Edge' by John Kennedy. The newly created Time Garden also features the artwork 'Timeline' by Lesley Fallais.

In 2015 we recreated a WW1 allotment as part of the First World War centenary commemorations. On the allotment we're growing varieties used during the war years 1914-1918 and once a month visitors will be able to meet WW1 allotmenteers in costume who will demonstrate wartime growing techniques.

Within our Gardens pages you can find out more information about the following:

  • Plant sales - take away a taste of Ordsall Hall's gardens with our ever expanding range of plants for sale.

  • Breaking New Ground project - find out about the project where we are working with volunteers to commemorate Salford's pioneering wartime allotments by recreating such an allotment in the Hall's gardens.

  • Heritage Garden - in partnership with Garden Organic's Heritage Seed Library we have developed a growing network of Seed Guardians growing and conserving endangered heritage varieties of vegetables.

  • Organic Gardening - read about the methods we use at the Hall including companion planting, natural predators and natural traps.

  • Public Art - two public art schemes were developed as part of the major project to develop and conserve Ordsall Hall.

The gardens at Ordsall Hall won 2nd best in the show at Dig in the City.

Showcasing some of the fantastic heritage vegetables, herbs and flowers that have been planted in the two-acre grounds around the main building.

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