Patrick’s Patch is a free to enter inspiring and productive garden that we have built adjacent to Fairweather’s in Beaulieu High Street.
Year-round we grow a wide range of vegetables, fruit, herbs and cut flowers that are used in Steff’s Kitchen and Steff's to go. That's why the food served is so tasty as they retain all their vitamins and minerals and you know where your food is coming from with zero food miles.
Our Head Gardener Rachel is supported by a loyal group of garden volunteers and Primary school children who regularly visit to learn gardening skills and understand where our food comes from.
“I love coming to the Patch. It’s never boring and really gives me inspiration and enthusiasm for my own projects at home” – Tracy Price
When you come and visit us, if you like what we do, we are collecting for the National Garden Scheme (NGS) who support of a wide range of invaluable charities.
A visit to Patrick’s Patch can provide ideas and tips for your own home, or alternatively just a tranquil place to wander and relax.
“My partner and I discovered Patrick’s Patch completely by chance today. I just wanted to say what a joy it was to discover this gem of a place. I think it was one of the most inspiring and uplifting projects I’ve come across in a long time. What a wonder place with such incredible goals. I was genuinely blown away – and inspired to try and bring this concept to my own local community” – Ms D Moore
Winner of the Best Border at the BBC Spring Fair
We were really pleased to be invited to the BBC Gardeners World Spring Fair that was held in the grounds of Beaulieu Motor Museum. Rachel, her team of volunteers, and with a little help from Ian our Maintenance Manager, took a little bit of everything in Patrick's Patch to the show.
They created an amazing border with wooden vegetables painted by our oldest volunteer in his 90's to little bees made by year 6 of Wildground Primary School. There was a compost heap, knitted and real vegetables and a very large pot man letting everyone know what happened in the Potting Shed Club.
The judges were also impressed and they awarded us with the best border platinum award.
Patrick’s Patch runs ‘The Potting Shed Club’ for primary school age children (ages 4 – 11) every year.
The Potting Shed Club runs once a month from March to October on Saturday mornings 10am – 11.30am. The club is run by the Head Gardener Rachel Foster. Rachel is a qualified gardener with lots of experience working with children and running gardening clubs. This is what Rachel had to say:
“I want the children to really enjoy being in the garden and gain satisfaction from making things they can take home and by helping with projects in Patrick’s Patch.”
During each club, the children make things to take home and they spend time helping on fun projects in Patrick’s Patch. There are mid-morning refreshments of hot drinks (for adults) and fruit juice, with homemade biscuits.