The Pines Garden is open to the public during
- the winter months, Oct – Mar from 10 am – 4 pm (3:30pm on weekends)
- the summer months, Apr – Sept from 10 am- 5 pm.
An organically managed garden
This organically managed garden has a lake, poetry path and sustainability trail for children, as well as a grass labyrinth and organic kitchen gardens with over 40 different species of fruit and vegetables, from the exotic to the familiar.
Founded by ‘Flowering’ Fred Cleary in 1971, the garden contains many beautiful and unusual mature trees and shrubs including walnut, fig and pomegranate trees.
The Pines Garden uses both old and new models for sustainable land management and the garden has been run organically since 2002. This is far more than just not using herbicides and pesticides, with emphasis placed on working in harmony with the natural systems, composting, recycling and learning how to use natural predators to control pests.
We have lots of permaculture projects lined up for the year ahead. If you would like to get involved, learn new skills or offer your own expertise do get in touch.
St Margaret’s Bay
Whilst visiting, take time out to explore the beach at St Margaret’s Bay and stroll up the magnificent cliff top with glorious vistas across the Channel to France.
Activities for children
A perfect place for children to explore the natural world, with specific features designed to engage young minds. There are paths for buggy and wheelchair access and lots of seating for visitors to enjoy the views.
This award winning, highly sustainable chalk building is a centre for training and events related to healthy and sustainable living. It is available to hire for conferences,
private functions and weddings.
Another award winner! Whilst you are here take a break in our Tea Room. During summer you can eat in the Yurt or outside on the steps. Excellent local produce and veg sourced from our own organic garden.