Bishops House Open Garden Day
Join us on Sunday 16th May, 2021
"Nature is good for you so unwind in the beautiful Bishops Gardens: Stunning views, tea & cake plus fundraising for an important cause."
The Matthew Project Charity is delighted to be hosting a garden open day with kind permission from Bishop Graham and Rachel Usher on Sunday 16th May, 2021.
The Bishop of Norwich's historic private garden is full of delights such as herbaceous borders, a small woodland walk, bee hives and more. The garden is run organically and includes a herb garden, long herbaceous borders, ‘jungle’ walk, large wildflower labyrinth and fruit orchard, extensive shrubberies containing many rare and unusual plants, among these being a Hebe planted from a sprig taken from Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet in 1840. There is a kitchen garden, a bamboo walk and a popular plant sales area, and the garden continues to evolve with new plants and features being introduced year by year.
The Matthew Project Charity
The Matthew Project is a value driven charity based in East Anglia working in innovative ways with adults, young people and communities affected by drugs and alcohol, poor mental health and veterans with PTSD. Through the Matthew Project's varied services, young people and adults receive professional advice, information, counselling, support, care and education.
The Matthew Project has workers based in both rural and urban areas and takes place in a variety of settings including schools, youth venues, police stations, courts, in the community (including our allotment pictured here) and at our own premises. We work with the individual but also worried parents, carers and young people whose parents use drugs or alcohol.
Take time to walk around this beautiful setting and listen to live jazz music played on piano by Simon Brown from Norwich Jazz Club
For the little ones, join our wildlife QR treasure hunt with ten clues hidden around the garden. Each clue is in the form of a QR code so open the camera app on your smartphone and scan to find the hidden wildlife! On exit of the garden, tell us the names of all ten animals to claim a TMP bookmark and some sunflower seeds to bring sunshine into your garden this year.
Local photographer Claire O'Hara will be available from 2.30 - 4pm to take your portraits for a donation to our charity. Strike a pose on the herbaceous border, where Claire will take your name and email address. Your file will be sent by post for you to use at leisure.
Most importantly, don't forget to grab yourself a takeaway hot or cold drink and some of our home made cake. Then find yourself a spot in the garden to relax. All funds raised from the sales of refreshments will go back into our charity.
Plant and some other sales using a contactless card, or ‘cash in bucket’, system will be operating.
Social distancing, a one-way system and hand sanitising will all be observed with numbers limited to entry at 10.30am, 12.30pm, and 2.30pm for a 90 minute period. Please book the slot that suits you best.
Admission price is £5 per adult and accompanied children under 16 years and wheelchair users are free. Assistance Dogs only. Please ensure you choose the correct ticket. We only need to check your name for entry.
There is a small pay and display car park outside the entrance and a larger pay and display car park a few further yards down, just off Bishopgate and opposite the Adam and Eve pub. Please note that parking is not available on site. However wheelchair users can be dropped off and collected. Toilet facilities will be available for use.
We truly hope that you'll come along to both support us and take time for yourselves. If you have any questions or requests, contact us by email at
If you are unable to attend but would still like to show your support with a donation, please click here
Thankyou and best wishes from the TMP Team x
Use this Google map to find your way to the gardens - just click on directions