New Mills School & Sixth Form
Directions to Garden
9.12 miles SE of Stockport and 12.4 miles NNW of Buxton. Turn off the A6 onto the A6015 signposted New Mills, Hayfield. At St George's CE Church, which is on the left hand side of the road, turn left onto Church Lane. The School is on the left hand side of the road, opposite the Primary School
Approx. 3 acres of informally designed, colourful, mixed herbaceous perennials and shrub borders with mature trees and lawns and a gravel border situated in the semi rural setting of the High Peak. You can wander along the differing terraces admiring the varied planting or sit on the conveniently placed benches and enjoy the ambiance. On the top terrace enter the grade II listed stone building ,the oldest part of the school, with its unique dome and beautiful stained glass windows where the refreshments are served. Surrounding these are four individually themed quads. The Bible and Monastic has a selection of biblical/monastic referenced plants whilst the Vegetable/Cuttings Garden contains a selection of herbs ,vegetables and flowering plants. The African Keyhole and Bag Garden was built by the students and has decorative shields. This now houses a developing enterprise Area with its own Nursery, Green Fingers which is run by the students. Peak Plant Nursery propagates and grows plant for sale, for use in Community Projects and recently for award winning garden at RHS Tatton .Students are actively involved in various aspects of the gardens and Community work.
In 2015 the School was awarded a distinction for their first entry into the School’s Front Garden Competition at RHS Tatton..
The school gardens are open annually to visitors over a weekend in July. The admission for both dates is £4 and children are free. Refreshments will be on sale in the School Library. This year’s charity is the New Mills School and Revival Church Uganda Project.
Group visits can be arranged by appointment, visits also by arrangement June-August for groups of 6.