Welcome to Gardens at old Camps

Open gardens near Newbury, Berkshire for group or bespoke visits


The History of Old Camps

The garden at Old Camps is situated on the site of a Roman encampment, purposefully selected for its position on higher ground and its proximity to Roman Winchester (Venta Belgarum) and Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum). It is well-documented how Newbury and Thatcham, Berkshire towns nearby, were occupied by the Romans. Evidence unearthed from archaeological digs date artefacts from 2nd-5th Century AD.

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The Gardens

Here we show pictures and images of plants in our gardens that are at their peak, performing like superstars and occasionally divas! They can be hard work, but they are certainly worth it.

We will also highlight our future plans for the gardens and provide current updates on progress and construction.

Explore Our Gardens

In Season

Here we highlight what you can expect to see in various parts of the gardens as the year progresses.

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If you are travelling from Newbury along the A339, once you are in Headley, turn left immediately after Headley Tyres and before the central traffic island onto a gravel track. Take the right hand track and drive to the end through the gates and into Old Camps.

If you are coming from Basingstoke along the A339, once you enter Headley look out for Cheam School on the left, continue past and up the hill and turn right after the central traffic island onto a gravel track. Take the right hand track and drive to the end through the gates and in to Old Camps.

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BBC's Gardeners' World

It all started with an email out of the blue from the wonderful Camilla Bassett-Smith. At first I thought it was an email from a private group wishing to visit the gardens, but as I read on, it soon dawned on me that this request was different! You always dream of being on GW, but to have the BBC approach you is quite sublime.

Throughout the whole process, from initial contact to filming, the team were fantastic - clear communications, prompt responses and above all else, highly professional and as equally supportive.

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APL March 2022 Adam Vetere

Designer of the Year 2022

National landscaping award success for Adam Vetere Landscape & Garden Design

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