Pines Garden is 6 acres of organically managed garden at St Margarets Bay in Kent - Britain's closest point to France - featuring the Pines Calyx, one of the UK's outstanding ecological buildings, as well as food growing, regular use for outdoor education and a beautiful garden to relax in and enjoy.
The Pines Garden represents a blend of beauty, innovation and sustainability. This organically managed garden, close to the White Cliffs of Dover, has a lake, poetry path and sustainability trail for children, as well as a grass labyrinth and organic kitchen gardens with over 40 different species of fruit and vegetables, from the exotic to the familiar. Founded by ‘Flowering’ Fred Cleary in 1971, the garden contains many beautiful and unusual mature trees and shrubs including walnut, fig and pomegranate trees. The Pines Garden uses both old and new models for sustainable land management and the garden has been run organically since 2002. This is far more than just not using herbicides and pesticides, with emphasis placed on working in harmony with the natural systems, composting, recycling and learning how to use natural predators to control pests. The Pines Calyx is one of Europe's lowest impact conference and events venue, built with rammed chalk from the site. The garden is gradually being 'permaculturalised' to increase food production, biodiversity value and educational use.