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With a real interest in horticulture and education, part of Glen’s vision for the regeneration of Eagle and Child Ramsbottom has always been to create a new style of beer garden that integrates ample dining with fun, productive kitchen gardens. In July 2019, we were excited to see we were included in the Guardian’s Top 10 beer gardens in the UK!

The Eagle + Child pub had nearly an acre of unused space, covered in brambles and fly tipping back in 2011. Always a key part of Glen’s regeneration project, this sizeable area has allowed us to fit in loads of exciting features including an outdoor kitchen and bar, polytunnel, veg beds, compost beds, fruit shrubs and ornamental beds, mini orchard with chickens, children’s area and more. The site is still under construction after many years as all works have been funded by Glen and the business.

The garden operates as a working ‘allotment’ project, but quirkily landscaped so guests can enjoy eating and drinking amongst our home grown fruit and vegetables and it is a haven for kids to explore and play!

This page shows how our garden has grown over the last 5 years, from a great idea, through consultation and design, to construction and propagation! We have a host of projects in our garden through the year including ‘Messy Play’ for kids from 0-9 years; willow weaving workshops; basic horticulture training and more!
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BELOW: Images of our garden now and through the stages of development!

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HERE’S HOW THE BIG REGENERATION PROJECT STARTED!

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Keen to ensure that local people are involved in all stages of the garden, the brief was developed from Glen’s ideas and input from the pub locals and the fabulous Incredible Edible Ramsbottom at an informal garden workshop event in December.

Glen has made sure that the business will work towards supporting other local charitable and voluntary groups, especially the Incredible Edible Ramsbottom team. The productive gardens, aptly named the Incredible Edible Beer Garden, will not only serve as a learning ground for horticultural students of all backgrounds and ages, but will be used to inspire and engage the local community to get involved in growing, cooking and eating.

We have just recruited a new team of gardeners, all young people who are being trained in horticulture and will use the pub as a steeping stone into further training and employment. Growing young people is also a key part of our ethos!

The plans for the garden have now been finalised and concept images of how the space will look are featured. Raising funds to create the garden is now underway with a big push in looking for any unwanted materials that could be donated for us to recycle and reuse … like timber pallets, posts, left over building materials, chicken wire, landscaping fabric, etc. If you have any unwanted building materials that you think might be useful for us, please contact Glen on 01706 824477.

A big shout out to Sharon Hockenhull, John- Paul Cartwright and all the volunteers from Incredible Edible Ramsbottom and youth organisations that have supported our project!
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We’re always looking for volunteers to help with the muscle, as we’re keen to get local people involved in the construction of the garden!

We’ll be hosting a range of family events to help build the raised beds, polytunnel and plant out with a host of activities taking place and we are now running family gardening sessions every Saturday from 12.30pm-2.30pm. If you want to get involved, please do get in touch … Glen successfully achieved his aim to get the garden ship shape and ready to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on 4th June, with phase 1 of the garden open! Here are some great pictures of the day:
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A big thanks goes out to Lex Autolease volunteers who spent a day with us, helping to get the garden in tip-top shape for our opening event on June 4th to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee! Volunteers got stuck in, building benches, planting up raised beds, sorting seedlings and shifting stone!
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