Fresh, seasonal & very local produce
Follow the seasons with very locally produced fresh fruit & vegetables grown in our own Apley Walled Garden, helping you keep your food miles low & know your food’s provenance. Our Head Gardener grows unusual varieties of fruit & vegetables for Apley Farm Shop which can’t be found easily elsewhere. When we can’t grow it ourselves, we search for the best quality locally grown produce within a radius of approx 30 miles. We also have a strong eye for price & make sure our vegetables are excellent value for money.
Phil Allen, Head Gardener
Phil Allen has been Head Gardener of Apley Walled Garden since we first began bringing it back into production in Feb 2013. He spent a short spell away on ‘sabbatical’ during which he increased his wealth of knowledge. Contact Phil directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07740 74 39 66 or via Apley Farm Shop 01952 5812 002.
Talks & tours of Apley Walled Garden
Click HERE to book your private, guided tour of our garden. These are for groups of 10-50 people. Parking is very limited, so Phil Allen will meet you at the entrance to Apley Farm Shop. Lord & Lady Hamilton or Phil Allen will come to talk to your Local Interest Group – just let us know the dates & theme you have in mind.
Gardening courses & school visits
We offer tailor-made gardening courses as well as educational visits for schools. Just tell us your areas of interest & we’ll tailor the day around you. Click HERE for more details. To book online, click HERE or call 01952 581 002 or email us email@example.com.
Apley Walled Garden veg boxes can be bought directly in Apley Farm Shop or ordered from our online DeliShop for national next day delivery or Click & Collect. They are ready-made or can be tailor-made: Our veg box for TWO people is £9.75 & our FAMILY veg box is £15.75. If some produce is not available from the garden, we will source as locally as possible or from our supplier. They are available throughout the year & filled with seasonal produce, helping you reduce your food miles.
Crop Reports & The Chefs’ Pantry
We invite chefs to use Apley Walled Garden as their primary source of ingredients, where they can tell us exactly what they need, when & in what quantities. Using our Crop Report, we let chefs know what we have available. We have regularly supplied local Shropshire restaurants including the Hundred House in Norton, Telford Campus of the University of Wolverhampton and the King & Thai in Broseley.
Grown to Order service
The ‘Contract Grown Service‘ from Apley Walled Garden gives chefs the ultimate control over the source of their ingredients. It’s the combination of deliciously grown, chemical free, using bio-ethical methods which give the extra taste factor.
We specialise in growing heritage varieties of fruit & veg in Apley Walled Garden. When information has been available, we’ve grown varieties which even grew in this very garden in the past. We enjoy bringing new products to our customers’ plates – old (heritage) but new to them.
Back into production
In Feb 2013, our primary objective was to bring the garden back into production, more than a restoration project. The garden has become a 21st century horticultural business again within its 18th century walls, generating produce for Apley Farm Shop & an income to help stop the otherwise inevitable decline of this historic garden.
We have done extensive research into the rich history of Apley Walled Garden which we share in presentations to Local Interest Groups. Information has been sourced from historic photos, maps, documents & books, giving us a clear idea of the garden’s story.
January in Apley Walled Garden
Jerusalem artichokes, beetroot, rhubarb coming through. Bonfires – tidying up & ground clearance of brambles after the winter.
February in Apley Walled Garden
Lots of clearance & ground preparation outdoors when the weather allows. On wet days, the soil in the glasshouses & polytunnels has been fertilised with well-rotted horse manure.
March in Apley Walled Garden
Lots of ground preparation has now been completed. Broad beans, pea shoots & cress have been sown in rock wool. Trying to keep the mice away !
Volunteer in Apley Walled Garden
We’re always keen to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer in our magical & historic walled garden, which is otherwise strictly private, in the heart of the Apley Estate. It helps – but isn’t vital – if you have some gardening experience !