Childerley Hall

Childerley HallChilderley Hall (1520) lies a few miles west of Cambridge on fertile heavy clay. It is a farming estate, primarily arable, that contains the Hall and a wonderful romantic five acre garden.

The Jenkins came to Childerley in 1957 and since then have created a real plantsmans garden which includes a wonderful collection of roses.

Elements of the current garden include a walled kitchen garden which is productive. Formal terraces run East to West along the south elevation leading to the private Chapel (1580).  A formal croquet lawn sits below the terrace with a White Garden on the west side and shrubberies on the East. Beyond this is the ‘Rose Jungle’ which also contains a Victorian rock garden.

Surrounding all of this on three sides is a moat, the banks of which are densely planted with trees and shrubs. Contained within this is a small orchard and meadow. A lake and spinney lie to the west of the main garden area.

I first came to work at Childerley in December 2013 although I knew of the garden from my childhood days. My role here is to help Mrs Jenkins renovate, maintain and develop the garden and manage two full time gardeners, Simon and Ben. We are working through a restoration programme and I hope here to bring news of this to the reader.