About Us

We moved in to Birkheads in 1978  with two small children and a vague idea of being self sufficient. We grew organic vegetables, fruit, kept ducks & bees and marvelled at the wildlife we were attracting. Horticultural courses followed  for me with a second career as a freelance  Garden Designer & Horticultural Trainer.

My hobby was and still is propagating rare & unusual hardy plants, we started to run out of garden and managed to purchase some of the field adjoining the vegetable garden to use as a plant production area. In 1987 we started to to make an environmentally friendly garden on a site that had been surface mined( opencast) for coal.  Now we are hoping to encourage others to do the same, so if you’re not already trying to save the planet for future generations have a go, it can be quite a challenge and every little helps.

Butterfly at BirkheadsSwallows on wire

Most of the gardens have been created using recycled materials, paving, slates, wood etc. Garden features and sculptures are made from mainly recycled metal and driftwood, others have had a past life in some other place. We were one of the first Green Tourism Businesses to achieve a Gold  Award.

Volunteers & Hortic. Students.

Would you like to work in heaven for a few hours a week? Are you passionate about gardening? Here you have the opportunity to help in our unique gardens. We are looking for half-day volunteers to help in the gardens with dead- heading & light weeding. We help students to learn practical skills and who need to register hours for Horticultural Certificates & Diplomas.  

Wildlife & Eco Gardening

Our boundary hedges have been made using native species to provide shelter for hedgehogs, rabbits, stoats, hares, bats and field mice. A wide range of suitable plants supply nectar & pollen most of the year for butterflies, bees and other insects. Ladybirds hibernate in Alchemilla lots visible in early August. 

Regular wildlife visitors to our five water features; Dragonflies, Pond skaters, frogs, toads, newts etc

BIRDS & insects are now controlling all harmful pests on plants, we don’t spray at all, there is no need, the balance is perfect!

Ten  varieties of BUTTERFLIES are usually around from July 28th – the end of Sept.

Forty three different BIRD varieties were spotted last year in the garden, we keep a record on our notice board for twitchers. 

BEES  Honey Bee, Garden Bee, Tree Bee, Buff or White Tail not certain which!


FOR YOUR DIARY- WE PLAN TO RE-OPEN IN FEBRUARY for a Snowdrop Weekend but please check here nearer the time- we are likely to change the date for weather conditions

PRICES – 2018
Adults: £5.00 Seniors & Students £4.50
Child: aged 4-15 £2.50 includes a Key for the wishing tree and a garden trail sheet. 

SEASON TICKETS If you’re planning to visit the gardens more than twice this year, the season ticket will save you money.     Adult/Senior single season tickets: £12.50 or  Bring a friend (double) season ticket: £25.00

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS SPECIAL OFFER -bring your key ring from last year and your replacement will be discounted to £12 or £23.

SEASON TICKETS– grant unlimited access to the gardens, nursery & coffee shop during normal business hours. 


OFFERS & DISCOUNT Show your season ticket  on a Thursday and receive 10% discount on your food and drink in the coffee shop. Closed now except for Saturdays as above.

Club CC Cycle to the Secret Gardens and show your card to receive 10% discount on food & drinks