FULLERS MILL GARDEN, WEST STOW, BURY ST EDMUNDS, SUFFOLK
Fullers Mill Garden at West Stow near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk opens to the public on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (2pm – 5pm) from beginning of April to end of September. Owned and managed by Perennial, the UK’s only charity for all horticulturists, Fullers Mill Garden is the life’s work of Bernard Tickner MBE, who has spent over 50 years creating and developing it. Located in a magical spot on the banks of the River Lark, the garden is a plant lover’s paradise, combining a beautiful woodland site with a huge range of rare and unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants.
Annie Dellbridge has been Head Gardener at Fullers Mill Garden since 2010 and heads up the small team of gardeners and volunteers, She says:
“Our visitors enjoy the tranquil waterside setting of the garden with views across the Lark and an almost constant sound of water as you walk around the site. The wonderful thing about Fullers Mill Garden is that is feels so accessible for people – there is something for everyone to enjoy and be inspired by. What’s more, every visitor is helping Perennial continue to support horticulturists in need of help.”
Bernard Tickner moved to Fullers Mill in 1958 and began making the garden in what was an area of rough scrub and woodland. He entrusted it to Perennial, the charity that is dedicated to helping all horticulturists, in 2013 in order to secure its future so that visitors will still be able to enjoy the garden in years to come. Bernard Tickner, the creator of the garden, was recently awarded an MBE for services to horticulture and wildlife conservation.
Perennial offers free, confidential advice and support to everyone working in or retired from horticulture and their families, including gardeners, landscapers, nursery and garden centre staff, parks and grounds care staff and tree surgeons. People turn to Perennial for financial and emotional help in times of need because of disability, sickness, poverty, financial hardship and old age – although increasingly younger people are seeking assistance from the charity. Many individuals describe the services Perennial offers as a ‘lifeline’. The work of Perennial depends entirely on voluntary donations from the horticultural industry and all those who love gardens and gardening.
For further information about the garden and to check opening times and directions, visit www.fullersmillgarden.org.uk