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The Garden

The garden at Lambeth Palace has been a private garden since the 12th century - and it's the oldest continuously cultivated garden in London...

Scroll down to find out when you can visit the garden 

Shortly after his enthronement in 1783, Archbishop John Moore initiated substantial alterations to give the garden a less formal structure. These included the curved walkways, belts of trees and landscape contours that still exist today.

In 1901 Archbishop Frederick Temple gave nine acres of land from the east side of the garden on an indefinite lease to the people of Lambeth to form Archbishop's Park. This park next door is maintained by Lambeth Council.

Today the site of Lambeth Palace covers around 13 acres, of which the garden takes up just over 10 acres. The garden forms part of the Archbishop's ministry, and is used by his family, staff and visitors - as well as many different organisations and charities.

The palace and garden are maintained and owned by the Church Commissioners for England. There are two full-time gardeners and one part-time gardener. Volunteer gardeners also help with routine maintenance work in the garden for a few hours each week. The garden is maintained using organic principles wherever possible.

Find out when you can visit the Lambeth Palace garden  

Read an article about the garden on The Londonist website 

View pictures of the garden in different seasons in this gallery.


Volunteer in the garden

If you are a keen gardener and would like to offer a regular commitment as a volunteer, please email our Head Gardener:

Volunteers' hours are Wednesday and/or Thursday 10am-3pm, with a break for lunch.