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.
Please check back to watch the development of the Medieval Garden.
Hurdle making huge success
Hello! Welcome back to the Medieval Kitchen Garden Blog. There has been a steady rate of progress with our beautiful garden, helped along by our recent course ‘ Making Willow Hurdles’ which was embarked upon by our fabulous Learners at the amazing Musgrove Willows and was an enormous success which resulted in the completion of half the hurdles needed for our project! more
Added: 18th March 2017
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
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
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
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
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.
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.