Quarr Abbey Gardens and Grounds 




     Quarr Abbey is blessed with being located within a beautiful setting. Situated within 200 acres of pasture, woodlands, coastline and formal gardens, the abbey is framed by the natural environment.

     Quarr Abbey is fortunate enough to have retained the original Quarr Abbey House walled garden. Within these walls the land lends itself to various uses. The teashop nestles within the tea garden and can be found at the centre of the walled garden. This garden consists of various shrubs and specimen trees that create a sense of familiarity and tranquility. The walls of the garden support espalier, fan and cordon trained fruit trees. There are very productive abbey vegetable plots and polytunnels that provide fresh fruit and vegetables for the abbey kitchen, teashop kitchen, our homemade jams and chutneys and are for sale in the farm shop along with home grown seasonal plants. Our orchards contain old and local varieties of apples, pears and stone fruits and now extends to over 200 trees.The apples are used within the abbey and are also pressed for our orchard blend of apple juice and still and sparkling ciders. Also, within the walled garden, one can find the three chicken runs which are home to our rescued ex-commercial hens. These hens produce eggs for use in the abbey kitchen and for sale in the farm shop. Areas of the gardens have also been allocated for use by community groups through our Quarr Abbey Allotment Scheme. This enables people of all abilities to learn new skills by growing produce and tending to their own plot.

     Some areas of the wider estate have been allocated for visitors to enjoy. The woodland walk and wildlife hide is a trail that meanders through some of our beautiful woodland and gives visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of the native Red Squirrel. There is a hide with a viewing area and Quarr Explorers Kits are available to borrow to really make the most of the trail. They contain binoculars, bug pot and activity cards to help get everyone involved. The trail runs in a circular route which also passes near to the old abbey ruins. In addition, we have resident pigs with a path around their enclosure which enables the public to get close - but not too close!  Also a wildflower meadow has been created to provide a pollen and nectar source for our many bee hives. This area also creates a great foraging ground for many other fauna.

     The estate also extends into the private ‘enclosure’. This is an area where Monks can enjoy their surroundings and their home. This land is also of national importance due to the vast array of species of flora and fauna that reside here. The estate has several conservation designations to help protect the local environment, these include Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM), Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and RAMSAR (a wetland designation).