Norwich Cathedral Herb Garden ‘one of the best in Britain’

30th July 2014

Norwich Cathedral’s Herb Garden is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.

The medieval garden is among a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Community Award.

The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Originally used by monks for cultivating plants for both medicinal and kitchen use, the Herb Garden was recreated in 2005 using herbs that match those used by Benedictine monks. Lovingly maintained by a group of 10 volunteers, the Herb Garden now provides visitors with a space for quiet contemplation and an important educational resource for schools and community groups.

Mary Atkins, Director of Development at Norwich Cathedral, said: “We’re delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the first time. The Herb Garden is an important space for visitors, schools and the local community and this award recognises the hard work of our volunteers, who keep the garden looking so beautiful for the benefit of visitors”.