Plants request for Bedales herb garden

By Richard Sinclair, Head of Science

Some would argue that the standard of food in the Bedales dining hall is about as good as it could be, and I cannot disagree: it is really excellent. However, last year various staff and students, with a little encouragement from Catering Manager Dave Greenman, set about creating a garden to provide Bedales kitchens with a ready supply of fresh, aromatic herbs that might give that extra touch of class to the Bedales roasts, salads, pasta dishes etc. Mostly through the hard work of Blocks 3 and 4, the garden is now ready for planting – the design was (and possibly still is) based around a clock-face (thyme!) with a central focus for a standard bay tree. No doubt, once the garden has matured, it will provide herbs for many years to come and will amply reward the labours of those who created it.

If anyone has any overgrown plants that could be split and used by us, please contact Peter Coates (Head of Outdoor Work).


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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