It’s perhaps no surprise that Everest mountaineer Doug Scott likes to get his hands dirty. As the first Briton to climb the world’s highest peak in 1975 you’d expect him to have a firm grip on terra firma!
What might surprise you though, is how he likes to get his hands dirty today – as a passionate gardener and a champion of organic vegetable growing.
So much so in fact, that Doug and his wife Trish are opening their garden at Stewart Hill Cottage to the public on Sunday 28th June as part of the National Gardens Scheme.
Date and admission details
Doug and Trish Scott’s garden opens to the public on Sunday 28th June from 2.00 – 5.00 pm. The admission cost is £3.50 (children 16 and under free), tea and cake £1.50. Admission proceeds shared between National Garden Scheme and CAN.
Directions to Stewart Hill Cottage, Nr. Hutton Roof, Cumbria
Location : 7m W of Penrith. Grid Ref: NY 366 347
Leave A66 (between Penrith and Keswick) at Sportsman’s Inn. Drive 5 miles towards Haltcliffe Bridge. Turn right before Haltcliffe Bridge signed Newsham 2m. Garden 200 yards on right. (Click here for more detailed directions)
Stewart Hill Cottage garden – Please click on the above images to view them full size
Visiting his home near Hutton Roof, it is clear the garden is a labour of love. “Being close to the natural world has always inspired helped me towards inner peace and quiet, whether it be climbing on rock and ice in the Himalaya or tilling the soil to grow veg for the kitchen table.” said Doug.
Stewart Hill Cottage and garden are set beneath the splendid backdrop of Carrock Fell in the North Lakes and have been transformed over the last ten years. Previously farmland, Doug and Trish’s travels, influences and imaginations have created a garden of great variety and charm.
Harmoniously planted herbaceous flower beds and climbing scented rose walkway, and specimen trees are Trish’s inspiration, and provide interest and pleasure at every turn.
Doug will be showing the walled kitchen garden, surrounded by espaliered fruit trees and his raised beds and fruit cages growing leeks, peas, cabbages, onions, gooseberries, raspberries and much more.
New additions to the garden include a croquet lawn and stone pavilion and seating area, which overlook the ornamental garden pond and water feature.
Seating areas and courtyards are perfect places to enjoy freshly brewed tea or coffee and delicious cakes. Wenlock Spring Water have kindly provided refreshing spring water. Proceeds will be donated to the National Garden Scheme charities.
Doug’s own charity, Community Action Nepal, will also be selling plants, Nepalese crafts, clothing, gifts, and bottled water donated by Wenlock Water, to raise funds for welfare work in the country close to his heart especially after the devastation caused by the Nepal earthquakes, we are all dependent upon the land and soil.
Taking a break from his hoe Doug said “Whatever we do in life, we all owe the land and soil so much. So we are delighted to open our garden, and share our passion for organic gardening and composting, with others. ”