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Rewild Your Vegetable Garden – explore a wilder way of growing productively

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This immersive tour explores Knepp’s innovative approach to balancing vegetable production with wildlife restoration and climate-conscious gardening. Begin with refreshments and a presentation on rewilding principles in the Kitchen Garden. Tour both the Kitchen Garden and the larger Market Garden, learning about soil health, wildlife integration and diverse planting strategies before concluding with a delicious, vegetarian lunch celebrating seasonal produce.

Who is it for

Gardeners and food enthusiasts who want to learn how to grow vegetables in a way that supports biodiversity, promotes sustainability and combats climate change. It’s perfect for those seeking inspiration and practical tips to create a thriving, rewilded vegetable garden at home.

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Join us on a tour of Knepp’s two vegetable gardens and take a deep dive into how vegetables can be grown in a way that balances quality and productivity with the need to restore wildlife and combat climate change.

Your safari starts in the Kitchen Garden within Knepp Castle’s Rewilded Walled Garden. Over tea and coffee in the Apple Store, we’ll explain how we’re applying a wilder approach to growing fruit, herbs and vegetables.

Deputy Head Gardener Suzi Turner will lead you around the Kitchen Garden – redesigned by landscape gardener Tom-Stuart-Smith – to show how we’re applying rewilding principles to food production, diversifying our edible and useful plants, encouraging natural predators and a vast range of pollinators, providing important wildlife habitat, and improving our soil conditions to grow sustainably and help store carbon.

You’ll then head to our organic, regenerative three-acre Market Garden which supplies produce for the Wilding Kitchen & Shop. Our incredible growers will explain how they manage this space throughout the seasons to grow and harvest beautiful vegetables chosen for flavour, interest and productivity; and how they build soil, provide habitat, and integrate flowers and cover crops into the system.

And finally, a foodie celebration of all things vegetable! Enjoy a delicious, seasonal three-course lunch in the private dining room of the Wilding Kitchen, just a few footsteps away from the Market Garden. (Soft drinks but not alcohol included).

There may be a little walking involved around both garden sites, so do bring appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. This safari requires a 6-minute drive from the Rewilded Walled Garden to get to the Market Garden and Wilding Kitchen. We don’t provide transport but if you’re stuck, please let us know ahead of the safari. 

Please arrive from 9.30am onwards for a prompt start at 10am. NB this starts at the Walled Garden at Knepp Castle – not at the campsite or anywhere else!

The lunch will be vegetarian. Please let us know at the point of booking if you have any allergies, or if you’re vegan, and we will do our best to cater for you.

10.00am-2.30pm (16 July, 17 September and 22 October)

£125 per person

Important information

All guests must be over 12yrs. We cannot accommodate unaccompanied guests under 18yrs.

We regret we cannot offer refunds or date changes once your booking is made.

We cannot guarantee the great British weather, or that you will see your target species. 

Nature is unpredictable! However we’re confident you’ll enjoy your experience with us, come rain or shine, and there’s always plenty of wildlife to see.

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Our 12+ Policy

Knepp Wildland Safaris and campsite are all about the quiet and patient observation of nature.

Some of the species we are likely to encounter are shy or can be frightened by loud noises or sudden movements. Our campsite with open-air fire-pits, wood-burning stoves and an on-site pond is unsuitable for small children.

For this reason, our safaris, holiday cottages and campsite are suitable only for children of 12 and over.

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