Yalding Organic Gardens started with the generous gift of 10 acres of land, and a sum of money in trust, from Donald and Pixie Cooper, who owned an organic farm at Yalding; with the intention of setting-up a display garden for the Henry Doubleday Research Association – now Garden Organic. The HDRA started the project in 1992 and opened the Gardens to the public in April 1995.
In early 2008, Garden Organic was forced into the decision to leave the gardens and the Congelow Trust (the charity that owns the site) subsequently appointed Maro Foods Ltd as the new operators. The renamed ‘Yalding Organic Center’ re-opened in May 2008; but closed again in December 2009; with Maro stating that the Gardens were “not a good fit” with the rest of their business.
This website was originally set-up at the time that Garden Organic announced the 2008 closure, as an information resource for the many people who visited, knew, loved and were involved with the gardens – at a time when the gardens’ future seemed uncertain and many rumours were circulating. Following Maro Foods’ withdrawal – this website again become a focus for those concerned about the Gardens’ future.
The Gardens were however eventually re-leased to new operators – and now re-branded as “The Yalding Gardens and Bushel Box Farmshop and Cafe” – re-opened on 12 June 2010 and current information regarding events, opening times, etc, should be available at the new operators’ ‘official’ website at www.yaldinggardens.org
With the re-opening, we assume that this ‘supporters’ website may no longer be needed as a focus of attention; but will in any event be kept ‘live’ as a point-of-contact for those who love the Gardens; as a web-based record of the Gardens’ history and the events of the time and as a promotional resource for the Gardens’ themselves.
This website contains a mixture of information; including articles on the Gardens’ history, photo galleries, videos and other resources, covering Organics/Gardening/Green Issues; as well as the Gardens themselves. Please feel free to browse the site; and let us have your thoughts by commenting on any of the blog items (There may be a delay in your comment appearing – due to moderation) or by using the ‘Contact Us‘ form via the menu, if you wish to keep the message private.