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Our Head Gardeners have been busy building mini beasts, creating new flower and vegetable beds and maintaining our Gardens.

They always try to showcase a range of crops, from fruits and vegetables to cereals and flowers, many of which we use in our Riverside Café.

Here’s a few summer tips to help keep the garden in tip top condition – what to do now!

  • Dead heading to promote further flowers
  • Take relevant for cuttings for propagation
  • Sow spring cabbages – oriental greens
  • Remove lower tomatoes leaves to help ripen
  • Keep picking your crops

What’s looking good now in our garden

  • Tomatoes – 12 varieties including several heritage – have you seen our black tomatoes
  • Large non edible Oregano, which are attracting lots of bees and butterflies!
  • Flower of the year – Zinnia in our small cut flower bed

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BBC News films Warden Pear planting at Jordans Mill

Jordans Mill had its fair share of the limelight on Wednesday, 11 February, with teams from BBC News and BBC Radio 4 visiting us to film and record the planting of two Warden Pear trees, kindly donated to us by Shuttleworth College.

The Warden Pear trees, which date back to the 14th Century and were mentioned in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, are now planted in the Jordans Mill Gardens for visitors to enjoy for years to come.

Our gardening team, headed up by Svenja Burckhardt, will be keeping a close eye on them and nurturing them until they start bearing fruit in a year or two.

Svenja, along with Paul Labous from Shuttleworth College, was interviewed by BBC News At One presenter Jo Black, with the programme broadcast on 11 February.

Paul was also interviewed by BBC Radio 4, and Svenja and Paul were in demand later on in the day when they were interviewed live over the phone by Roberto Perrone during the drivetime show on BBC Three Counties Radio. To listen to the interview, click here and scroll to 2 hours 48 minutes.

The story was also picked up by BBC News Online

We're honoured to have been chosen by Shuttleworth College to plant two Old Warden Pear trees and preserve a piece of Bedfordshire history.

The trees can now be seen in the Jordans Mill Gardens and from Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd visitors to Jordans Mill can enter our Gardens for free, so there's never been a better time to see a tree once mentioned in a Shakespeare play.

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Jordans Mill plants a piece of Bedfordshire history

Jordans Mill in Bedfordshire made history this month as it planted an ancient local variety of pear tree once at risk of disappearing.

The Old Warden Pear was first cultivated in the 14th century by monks in the Old Warden area of Bedfordshire and was mentioned in Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale. It has been under a preservation programme at Shuttleworth College with students propagating the trees planted in a bid to save this ancient variety.

With 30 trees now grafted successfully, the College has donated two of these to Jordans Mill in Bedfordshire to ensure the tree lives on in the local area in which it was first grown. The two Old Warden Pear trees will take pride of place in the Jordans Mill Gardens so visitors to the heritage attraction can enjoy this ancient tree of local and historical significance for many years to come.

Svenja Burckhardt, Head Gardener at Jordans Mill, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for the team here at Jordans Mill; it’s not every day you get the chance to plant a piece of history and grow a tree that has such local relevance and was once at risk of fading away completely. The ethos of our gardens and Jordans Mill itself is about keeping our food heritage alive, which is a perfect fit with the Old Warden Pear.

“It’s a real honour to be chosen by Shuttleworth to plant these trees and we’ll be keeping a close eye on them to make sure they thrive and bear lots of Old Warden Pears.”

Paul Labous is a lecturer with the Department of Horticulture at Shuttleworth College and initiated the programme to preserve the Old Warden Pear several years ago. He said: “When we started the project there were only five Old Warden Pear trees growing naturally in the county.

“The students at Shuttleworth have now propagated around 30 trees and we’re delighted to be able to donate two of these to Jordans Mill so we can continue to preserve our local history and keep the Old Warden Pear trees alive.

“We wanted the trees to be in a place where they could be enjoyed by local people and those with an interest in history and horticulture and the gardens at Jordans Mill is the perfect location. We hope visitors to the gardens will enjoy the trees for many years to come.”

A cooking pear, the Old Warden Pear was the main ingredient in the Warden pie, a pastry pie made with saffron, which was referred to in Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale. The Old Warden Pear was popular as it would keep from autumn harvest through to January or February the following year without refrigeration.

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WIN gardening gift sets in our kids’ colouring competition

Enter our kids' colouring competition this February to be in with a chance of winning a gardening starter set, perfect for encouraging little green fingers this spring.

To enter, simply pick up a colouring sheet and crayons from reception or download here. Once you've finished, hand it in to reception by 28th February. There are two categories, six years and under and 7-11 years of age.

We'll be awarding a fantastic gardening starter set to the lucky winners so grab your crayons and get colouring!

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Jordans Mill features in NFU Countryside magazine

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Jordans Mill is delighted to feature in the February issue of NFU Countryside magazine in an article looking specifically at our wonderful Mill Gardens. Jane Perrone, gardening editor at the Guardian, visited Jordans Mill  in October 2014 and spoke exclusively to Bill Jordan and Svenja Buckhardt, Head Gardener here at Jordans Mill, to find out more about how the Mill was reinvented and the modern farming techniques used to grow cereal crops alongside salads and wildflowers in our beautiful gardens.

Called 'The Flour Garden', the article is a fantastic insight into the Mill Gardens, we hope you enjoy reading it.

Click on the link below to read the article in full.

NFU Countryside - The Flour Garden

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Jordans Mill launches competition to find most unusual place to eat breakfast



In celebration of National Farmhouse Breakfast Week taking place this year between 25-31 January, Jordans Mill is challenging you to tell us the most unusual place you’ve eaten breakfast and what you ate.

You might have already had breakfast in an unusual place or you might want to rise to the challenge and find an unusual place to eat your first meal of the day, whatever it is Jordans Mill wants to hear from you.

Entry into the competition is free and simple and can be done via Facebook or email. To enter via Facebook, entrants must upload a photo to their Facebook page and tag Jordans Mill, or message the photo to Jordans Mill.

The winner will receive breakfast for two in the Riverside Café, a guided tour of the Mill and Gardens with Bill Jordan and a Jordans Cereals breakfast hamper.

To be considered for entry into the competition, those entering via Facebook must like the Jordans Mill Facebook page.

To enter via email, attach the photo to an email to Jordans Mill will create a dedicated album on Facebook for all photos entered into the competition. Upon receiving the photo via Facebook or email, Jordans Mill will upload photos to the album.

Along with the photo, entrants must upload a short caption detailing who is in the picture, where the picture was taken (the unusual place), why it is unusual and what they ate.

The competition is open from 16th January – 31st January. Entries received/tagged before 00.01 on 16th Jan or after 00.00 on 31 Jan will not be permitted. The photos must belong to the person uploading them and must clearly show where they ate breakfast and include a caption as described above.

The photo with the most likes at 10am on 2 February 2015 will be deemed the winner. The winner will be announced at 12pm on 2 February 2015.

The prize of breakfast for two, guided tour of the Mill and Garden must be taken within six months by 3 August 2015.

The competition is not open to employees of Jordans Mill, consultants to Jordans Mill or volunteers.

Jordans Mill is going all out to celebrate National Farmhouse Breakfast Week in 2015 and will be offering two Full English breakfasts for £10, usually priced at £6.95 each, from 24 January, with breakfasts available all day until 3pm.

As Bedfordshire’s leading food heritage attraction and with a long history in breakfast, Jordans Mill is the perfect place to enjoy a freshly-prepared or to pick up your favourite Jordans Cereals products or other fresh breakfast ingredients from the Mill Store.

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Biggleswade’s budding birdwatchers invited to RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch at Jordans Mill


Budding birdwatchers across Biggleswade are invited to Jordans Mill on 24 January where the RSPB will be running lots of activities for all ages to enjoy in celebration of its annual Big Garden Birdwatch.

Now in its 36th year, the Big Garden Birdwatch is the biggest event in the RSPB’s calendar and the biggest wildlife survey in the world. Thousands of people across the UK will spend an hour counting the birds and wildlife in their gardens and schools, and telling the RSPB what they see.

To highlight this important campaign and encourage people to join in, Jordans Mill in Biggleswade is hosting a special event between 11am and 3pm in conjunction with the RSPB to help the people of Bedfordshire learn more about birds, wildlife and how they can tempt more of them into their gardens.

The RSPB will be running a host of activities including making fat balls and bird food kebabs, a children’s bird quiz, nature-themed face painting, wildlife colouring, and face mask and finger puppet making.

Guided bird walks around Jordans Mill’s garden and meadow will also be taking place with friendly RSPB staff and volunteers on hand with information on giving nature a home and garden bird feeding. Guided walks will be free of charge and will run at 12pm and 2pm.

And a Big Garden Birdwatch will take place for one hour during the day, so visitors can see for themselves how to do it, so they can do their own birdwatch at home.

24 January also marks the start of National Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which Jordans Mill will be celebrating all week with special competitions and promotions, including two full farmhouse breakfasts for £10, usually priced at £6.95 each.

Bill Jordan, Trustee of Jordans Mill, said: “Jordans Mill and the RSPB have enjoyed a good working relationship since the Mill re-opened as a visitor and heritage attraction in April 2013 and we’re delighted to be playing such a big part in their crucially important Big Garden Birdwatch.

“Through our Mill Garden and meadow, we are committed to encouraging more birds and wildlife to make their homes here and we’re looking forward to finding out how many species visit us.

“To boost the numbers and make the garden and wildflower meadow an even more attractive habitat we will be installing additional bird boxes, feeders and welcoming a birding volunteer who will be responsible for looking after the wildlife and telling our visitors all about the different types of birds and animals that call Jordans Mill their home.”

Admission to the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch event at Jordans Mill is free with a nominal charge for some of the activities. The usual admission charge for the Mill and Gardens applies. The event starts at 11am and will finish at 3pm. To find out more about the Big Garden Birdwatch please visit and to find out more about Jordans Mill visit or or call 01767 603940 for general information.

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Wedding Fair at Jordans Mill 17th and 18th January

Jordans Mill is delighted to be hosting the Handpicked Wedding Fair on 17th and 18th January between 10am and 4pm.

As well as a fantastic range of exhibitors and free entry, there's also the chance to 'Win Your Wedding Extras' (including a wedding photography package, wedding cake, accessories, flowers, photo booth, post box & wishing tree and much more). Terms and conditions apply with £1 competition entry.

What's more there's only one of each supplier, so no competitive tactics to deal with when taking a walk round.

We will be opening the upstairs function rooms each day which are available for wedding hire and we look forward to welcoming prospective brides and grooms and helping you get ready for your big day.

We'll be posting regular updates on our Facebook page on all the exhibitors and you can also take a look at the Handpicked Wedding Team's Facebook page for further details

Exhibitors include:

Alexanders Chauffeur Cars
Amber Weddings
Bridal Boutique
Elegant Nails by Lisa
Exceptional Designs
Fiona Lennox Make Up Artist
Flowers by Suzanne
Glamour Booth UK
The I Do Gift Company
Simply Alterations
Sweet Paradise
Sylvie's Cake Creations
The Balloon Ladies
Timeless Photography
Truly Scrumptious

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Christmas Carols at Jordans Mill

This Christmas, Jordans Mill will be ringing out with the festive sounds of all the favourite Christmas carols thanks to three local singing groups from across Bedfordshire who will visit the Mill on 6th, 12th and 16th December.

St Mary's Singers from Potton will be performing on 6th December at 2.30pm, The Ensemble of Friends Choral Group on 12th December at 1.30pm, and Biggleswade and District Choral Society on 16th December at 2pm.

The Jordans Mill festivities kicked off in earnest in November with the Christmas Craft Fayre and this week the Riverside Café launched its new Christmas menu; three courses of delicious festive fayre that is sure to get you in the yuletide spirit.

Christmas lunch is available every day up to 24 December and there’s no need to book, simply turn up and enjoy. Visitors to the Mill can also stock up on ingredients for the perfect Christmas cake from the Mill Store, and lots of other festive goodies and gifts.

Guided tours of the Mill are running throughout the Winter months at 11.30am and 1.30pm and the Gardens are open all year round.

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Christmas Craft Fayre comes to Jordans Mill

Christmas officially arrives at Jordans Mill this weekend as it hosts its first Christmas Craft Fayre offering a wide range of crafts and gifts perfect for Christmas.

Taking place on 22nd and 23rd November, the Craft Fayre will feature stalls offering unusual and locally-sourced goods as well as tastings and demonstrations, providing the ideal opportunity to start Christmas shopping and really get in to the festive spirit.

Bespoke pictures, jewellery, home-made chocolates, locally-made chutneys and pickles, handmade bags and portraits from wildlife photographer Chris Gomersall are just some of what will be on offer, as well as delicious fayre made on the premises by Jordans Mill’s very own chefs including bread, Christmas cupcakes, jams, preserves, biscuits, Christmas cake and Christmas decorations.

Throughout the weekend the Mill Gardens, Mill Store and Riverside Café serving its usual range of delicious food and drinks will be open as usual.

The Christmas Craft Fayre marks the first event in Jordans Mill’s Christmas events calendar. From 1 December, the Riverside Café will serve three-course Christmas lunches and on the 6th and 16th December two local singing groups will sing all the favourite carols to spread a little festive cheer.

And from now right up until the big day shoppers can pick up ready-mixed bags of juicy raisins and mixed peel from the Mill Store, plus a free recipe card and all the other ingredients you need to bake the perfect Christmas cake.

Jordans Mill opened to the public in April 2013, having transformed from a historic working Mill into the heritage attraction it is today. Bill Jordan said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming some fantastic local businesses to Jordans Mill this weekend as part of our first Christmas Craft Fayre. We’re fully committed to supporting the local business community and we also want to provide our loyal and new customers with a carefully-chosen range of crafts and gifts so they can choose something a little different this Christmas.”

“We hope to run another Craft Fayre in the Spring if our Christmas Fayre is a success, and we look forward to opening the doors on Saturday morning and welcoming lots of people into Jordans Mill for this, our first Christmas Fayre.”

The Jordans Mill Christmas Craft Fayre is open between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November. For more information on Jordans Mill visit or or call 01767 603940 for general information.

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Christmas Lunch in the Riverside Café

Enjoy Christmas At Holme with The Jordans this year with a special Christmas menu available in our Riverside Café from 1st to 24th December.

Christmas lunches will be served every day between 11.30am and 3pm, no need to book simply turn up and enjoy!

Choose from a traditional three course Christmas lunch and our daily menu and specials will also be available, so you'll be spoilt for choice.

And to really get you in the festive spirit, enjoy Christmas lunch accompanied by carols on 6th December at 2.30pm and 16th December at 2pm.

Click the link below to view our full Christmas menu.

Christmas Lunch Menu


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