Growing Sudley

The Future of Sudley Walled Garden

We have been successfully ‘Growing Sudley’ for more than 6 years

Sudley House is a Grade II listed building, located in South Liverpool. Our involvement, both professional and voluntary, along with the social enterprise scheme, is helping to develop a sustainable future for the walled garden. As the activities on the site blossom and diversify, we feel it’s time to gather feedback from the general public on how they feel the projects have gone so far, and offer suggestions about where they want the future of Sudley to go.

Going back to the origins of our involvement, our first steps with the walled garden group, included producing collages to develop ideas for the garden which then led to a series of events ranging from constructing raised beds for growing projects, bulb planting events with local schools and making bug hotels.

Summer 2017 has seen us facilitate the third occurrence of the Forest School holiday club for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years (our previous Forest Schools can be seen here). These sessions give children the opportunity to get involved in a variety of outdoor activities like shelter building, bush craft skills and marshmallow toasting. These sessions have been well attended and it has been a delight to receive such overwhelmingly positive feedback from the children and their parents. Forest School holiday club is led by Kate Collins from My Outdoor Classroom CIC, along with other forest school trained practitioners, this club has really taken root and we are now opening bookings for the October half term. To coincide with Halloween, we plan to deliver a range of themed activities to celebrate the on-going achievements of the Growing Sudley project, all of which will be free.



Alongside Forest School, the group has successfully secured funding to support horticultural therapy sessions with three groups. HSA delivered an ideas session with all the participants looking at how the area within the walled garden would be utilised, including how best to layout the space and how it could look. The groups also enjoyed making concept models of their ideas.

As the activities in the garden continue to grow in scale, we are now looking towards the bigger picture and invite all members of the public to attend a consultation event. This event will take place in the walled garden on Saturday 3rd September, 12 p.m – 4 p. m. There will be Forest School activities, Tai Chi, Storytime sessions and natural crafts – the event is free for all with refreshments available.

We would love to share the story so far and hear your ideas and contributions.

See you there!


More information about our Consultation Event here