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King's Arms Garden

Small woodland garden of about 1½ acres created by plantsman the late William Nourish. Trees, shrubs, bulbs and many interesting collections throughout the yr. Maintained since 1987 by ‘The Friends of the Garden’ on behalf of Ampthill Town Council.

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Opening for NGS:
Sunday 25 February (2 - 4.30pm), Sunday 28 October (2.30 - 5pm). Admission £3.00, children free.

Ampthill Town Council

For other opening times and information, please phone 01525 755648 or email

Wheelchair access to most of the garden.

How to find us

King's Arms Garden, 1 Brinsmade Road, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2PP

8m S of Bedford. Free parking in town centre. Entrance opp Old Market Place, down King's Arms Yard.

More about King's Arms Garden

The earliest reference to this land named it as ‘The Hop Ground’ in 1676. Through the years many changes took place: it was used as a paddock, a cricket ground, then a holding place for stock and subsequently became a rubbish dump. Ampthillians knew the area as “Mr Nourish’s Garden” because in 1968 the late W H (Bill) Nourish obtained permission from Ampthill Town Council to clear and plant the land. Mr Nourish, a distinguished horticulturist was A.D.A.S. Regional Horticultural Officer until his retirement in 1970. During the years until he died in 1986, he used all his professional ability and gifts as a plantsman to create a lovely woodland garden. This story is included for visitors and newcomers to the town. Since 1987 the garden has been maintained by the Friends of the Garden on behalf of Ampthill Town Council. It is open the last Sunday in the month to the public and to groups by arrangement except in November and December. The first opening of the year is in late January for the many varieties of snowdrops and other spring flowers. Bill planted so well that there is something new to be seen every month.

Click here to read The Garden Gate is Open blog on this garden