The Gardens at belmont, Faversham
The layout of the grounds at Belmont largely date from the 1790s and form part of the Colonel Montresor’s remodelling of the Park, although the planting has been altered and added to by different generations of the Harris Family over the past two centuries.
The front lawns contain a selection of specimen trees including London Plane, Weeping Ash, Handkerchief Tree and a Tulip tree that is over 100 years old.
The Walled Garden to the rear of the stable yard is an intimate enclosed garden with long borders containing an abundance of annuals and perennials. At the far end of the garden is a rectangular pond, magnificent wisteria and a large rose border.
The Coronation Walk is a long-grassed walk lined with walnut trees and yew hedges planted to commemorate the coronation of King George VI in 1937. The Walk leads to a two-storied gothic folly constructed of brick and flint known as the Prospect Tower, built by the 1st Lord Harris. In the 4th Lord Harris’s time the Tower served as the pavilion for the cricket pitch. It is now leased to the Landmark Trust and is one of their most popular holiday lets.
The Belmont Kitchen Garden is built to a slightly unusual design; firstly, it is not symmetrical – most walled gardens are rectangular and secondly, the southern wall is only half height. This gives the whole garden a sense of openness, allows it to benefit from the afternoon sun and provides a greater sense of connectivity with the surrounding park.
As their Millennium Project, the Trustees invited Arabella Lennox-Boyd to create a new kitchen garden. The resulting design encompasses a part-productive, part ornamental theme and the garden is filled with trained fruit, flowers, vegetables, flowering trees, lawns and water. Although true to the design, it was the Belmont garden staff who, in under 18 months, turned her brief in to reality – introducing new gravel paths, box hedges, metal fruit arches, an ornamental pond, twelve hop arbours and a semi-circular pleached hedge of pyrus chanticleer – whilst also providing home for the original sun dial which is contemporary to the original house.
Since its restoration, the Kitchen Garden has been admired and enjoyed by many visitors to Belmont as well as those who have sampled the delicious lunches, teas, jams and chutneys made from the produce of the gardens.
We have ‘Meet the Head Gardener’ tours that take place on the third Monday of the month during the open season. Our Head Gardener, Graeme, will give you a brief overview of the Estate and then guide you around our beautiful gardens to see some of the many species of plants and trees. He will also tell you about the seasonal work involved in maintaining the garden at Belmont.
Plants and produces from the Kitchen Garden are available for sale in accordance with the seasons.
Adults £5.00, Concession £4.00, Children under 16 £2.50.
Tearoom is open on Wednesdays for light lunches and then at the weekend for homemade cakes and cream teas.
We look forward to welcoming you to Belmont soon!
Tel No 01795 890202