The food and flower gardens at Jordans Mill are now open! You are invited to discover Biggleswade’s rich heritage of food production and see the produce growing that would have once been taken by train to London’s Covent Garden. A wide range of vegetables will be growing in an ornamental flower garden setting.
The gardens were specially designed by Chelsea Flower Show winners Toll & Kitson using ancient field layouts and hedge patterns. However, it’s not been an easy task.
You could compare it with building a roof garden, as some of it is on concrete. Some areas only have 50cm of soil! What we’ve been working with is an industrial site that’s taken time and special care to prepare. A special membrane has been placed underneath the soil to help. The gardens are designed to change through the seasons with ornamental and crop plants, vegetables and fruit.
Sustainable food gardens will provide an interpretation for visitors of best-practice growing systems, such as Conservation Grade, devised by Jordans Cereal for its growers.
Wild flower meadows are also being sown to encourage a natural habitat for insects opposite the Mill Store. A new bridge is being installed that will make the area accessible from the new market garden. The path running through the garden is based on the original flow of the River Ivel.