The Walled Gardens at Picton – Restoration and Appeal
When you visit Picton Castle gardens today you will find the walled garden brimming with an eclectic and colourful collection of plants informally arranged in large beds.
Look beyond this and you will become aware of some partially derelict buildings that included the Head Gardeners office and a fruit storage room, above which is a rare surviving example of a grape store.
Next door was the gardener’s bothy which provided accommodation for young, single gardeners amongst whose duties would include stoking the furnace and boilers and providing ventilation to the glasshouses during the night. Adjacent to this were the potting sheds which now form Picton’s indoor fernery. Here you will find a door with potting mixtures written on it in pencil dating from the 1890’s.
Our Grade II Listed Walled Garden is however in dire need of some extensive restoration work to save and restore this unusual, rare and historically significant group of buildings and bring them back into sustainable use whilst retaining their character and setting.
Impact assessments revealed that Picton’s Walled Gardens are home to Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats, Brown Long-eared bats and Soprano Pipistrelles – scroll down to see how you can help build our Bat Hotel!
Of great importance will be the restoration of the walled garden walls and its wonderful gates, iron railings and gateposts which are topped with what we believe to be Coade stone pineapples. In addition it is hoped to create outdoor planted areas exploring the world of plants and their uses to mankind. It will also include a training and education room, an interpretation suite, improved volunteer and visitor facilities and in doing so, continue to allow and maintain access to bat roosts.
Assisting in the Walled Garden Project are a team of experts in their field including Conservation and Environmentalists, Architects, Surveyors, Interpretation and Educational Specialists. It is currently being part funded by the Picton Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We Need Your Help!
This is a £1.1 million project and in order to complete it we need to raise a further £40,000.00. There are a few ways you can help us raise this…
Here’s a Novel Idea!
Dedicate a Roof Slate for the Bat Hotel – For just £10.00 you can Buy a Roof Slate and write your very own dedication in indelible ink which looks like chalk!
When the Bat Hotel is complete, we will use the refurbished Welsh slates for the roofs of all the Walled Garden Buildings, including the Education Suite and the Gardener’s Bothy.
You Can Make a Donation Today Here By Clicking This Link because you really can make a difference!
Thankyou for your generosity
Together we can preserve this part of our heritage for generations to come
Donations & Sponsorship by Individuals
The Picton Castle Trust is a Charity (No.519693) and its objectives are to restore and preserve the Castle and Gardens for the pleasure of the public, and to safeguard its future. The generosity of our supporters and local businesses has been crucial to achieving these aims and securing our future. Long and short term plans and projects on our ‘wish list’ can be seen here, however if you wish to make a difference on our current project of restoring the Walled Garden, here’s how you can help:
How To Make A Donation
You can make a donation at any time and pledge any amount by any of these means:
- In Person
- Online, Using the Form Below
- By Scanning the QR code above
- By Dedicating a Roof Slate for Just £10.00
- By Visiting our Special Donation Website
- By Post : Cheques should be posted to
The Picton Castle Trust,
Please see our dedicated Gift Aid page for more information