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The River School

Worcester

Worcester's lost garden. A Horticultural College garden being brought back to life. For 35 years after WW2 it was known as Oakfield Teacher Training College for Horticulture. With its reputation visitors came from 58 countries & at least 8 other Horticultural Colleges were founded by people inspired by it. The estate features many less common shrubs and trees as well as a forest school pond area.
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    Since 1985 the estate (8 1/2 acres of mixed areas) has been owned and run as an independent christian school. Education therefore is its priority in terms of resources, and increasingly it has not been possible to allocate means to maintaining the grounds as desired. In recent years the estate had become neglected until September 2015 a small group with the Schools blessing undertook to commence a programme of reclamation.
    This entailed a series of prioritised projects being undertaken in which the recovery of the Walled garden was seen as of the first importance, along with its large greenhouse area. Other projects included re-establishing a long border in the upper orchard, reworking the drive and car park areas, the Dell (a large hollow that was a former clay pit) and the Art Room area and Sports field, etc.
    These are working school grounds being recovered mainly by volunteers with children encouraged to garden in term time. A historically important but not traditional NGS garden! No dogs allowed.

Features and Attractions

These are working school grounds being recovered mainly by volunteers, with children encouraged to garden in term time. A historically important but not traditional NGS garden! No dogs allowed.

The River School- Canceled

Refreshments:

On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

Admission by donation

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  • Regular opening
  • Open by arrangement only
  • Cancelled opening
Owner Information

Christian Education Trust-Worcester
01905 451309
lacerta@btinternet.com
http://www.riverschool.co.uk

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How to find us

The River School
Oakfield House
Droitwich Road
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR3 7ST

2.4m N of Worcester City Centre on A38 towards Droitwich.
  • More detailed directions
    At J6 M5, take A449 signed for Kidderminster, turn off at 1st turning marked for Blackpole. Turn R to Fernhill Heath & at T- junction with A38 turn L. The school is ½m on R.

More about The River School

Since 1985 the estate (8 1/2 acres of mixed areas) has been owned and run as an independent christian school. Education therefore is its priority in terms of resources, and increasingly it has not been possible to allocate means to maintaining the grounds as desired. In recent years the estate had become neglected until September 2015 a small group with the Schools blessing undertook to commence a programme of reclamation.
This entailed a series of prioritised projects being undertaken in which the recovery of the Walled garden was seen as of the first importance, along with its large greenhouse area. Other projects included re-establishing a long border in the upper orchard, reworking the drive and car park areas, the Dell (a large hollow that was a former clay pit) and the Art Room area and Sports field, etc.
These are working school grounds being recovered mainly by volunteers with children encouraged to garden in term time. A historically important but not traditional NGS garden! No dogs allowed.

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