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A medieval kitchen garden in the style once seen hundreds of years ago at Glastonbury Abbey is to be recreated.

Centuries ago the abbey would have grown its own produce for use within the Abbot's Kitchen which catered for the abbot and his high-status guests such as the Royal family of the time as well as to feed the monks and employees.

The garden will be created from an area which is currently overgrown and will be next to the current herb garden on the edge of the orchard.

People are wanted to help with the initiative which aims to create a garden similar to that which existed at the abbey. Details of courses can be seen below.

The project has secured funding from Somerset Skills and Learning with the following courses available for individuals.

Somerset Skills and Learning

Please check back to watch the development of the Medieval Garden.

Blog

Have a go at Pottage!

Have a go at Pottage!

Welcome back to the Medieval Kitchen Garden Blog. Everyone here at the abbey hopes that you have had an excellent time over the festive period and that 2017 has gotten off to a fantastic start  more

Added: 18th January 2017

Creating an accessible garden

Creating an accessible garden

A big hello from us all here and welcome back to the Glastonbury Abbey Medieval Kitchen Garden Blog! In recent days the abbey has been a hive of activity, with our first course ‘Creating an Accessible Garden’ getting off to a roaring start.  more

Added: 1st December 2016

Discover what has turned up during preparation for the Medieval Kitchen Garden

Discover what has turned up during preparation for the Medieval Kitchen Garden

Preparing the ground for the first course threw up more than just top soil as Keri reports.  more

Added: 14th November 2016

Our first Medieval Kitchen Garden blog

Our first Medieval Kitchen Garden blog

Welcome to the Glastonbury Abbey Medieval Kitchen Garden Blog! My name is Keri and I will be delivering updates on a regular basis to keep you up to speed with the developments of the abbey’s exciting new project.  more

Added: 27th October 2016

Courses

To register interest in the courses call Marcelle Bacchus, the abbey's project manager, on 01458 832267. Courses are free for adults 19+ with a £10 refundable deposit.

Experience Medieval Carpentry and Build a Bird Box

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Carpentry was an essential job relating to all areas of medieval life, from great Abbeys to humble farmyards and everything between. On this course you will learn essential carpentry skills that have remained unchanged from the medieval period. You will also learn about the life and role of a medieval carpenter. By the end of the day you will have used these skills to create a bird box that is yours to take home! This course is part of our Medieval Kitchen Garden project. To register interest call Marcelle Bacchus, the abbey’s project manager, on 01458 832267. Courses are free for adults 19+ with a £10 refundable deposit.

FULLY BOOKED Planting the Medieval Kitchen Garden

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

This course is part of our project to recreate a medieval garden and will be using plants which have been chosen for their medieval heritage, grown by the Grounds team at the abbey to complete the first stage of the project. There will be a talk on the differences between medieval gardening and our contemporary equivalent.