The Horticulture & Rural Studies Centre

Our Shifnal site was named The Horticulture & Rural Studies Centre by a previous occupant, The Walled Garden Project. While we have thought about changing this, it seems an opportunity to aim to continue some of those prior ambitions.

We firmly intend to create a multi-use site, suitable for welcoming everyone, as well as selling Bonsai. It has been quite a journey so far, and we have plans to continue transforming the site into our vision of what it can be.


Our site is intended to be as eco-friendly as we can operationally make it. To date we have composting toilets and rainwater harvesting in place. We also have small scale projects to evaluate uses for solar and wind power generation.

The Beechfield Flock help to maintain the field without the use of a lawnmower, and the fuel required to run it.

Open and inclusive

We want to be able to encourage people to come along, to take part, discuss and learn about a variety of subjects as well as Bonsai. To do this will be putting on free themed events, workshops and drop in days, these will be published on an events page at a later date.

We will be opening the Shifnal site to visitors four days per week (Friday through to Monday), from Spring 2019.


The site is slowly transforming with continuous work to make it more accessible for all. To achieve our aim, the site still needs considerable work and plans are in hand to accomplish this.

2018 Plans

  • Complete a new outside Bonsai sales area
  • Allocate and prepare ground space for growing trees
  • Complete the multi-use workshop area for courses, training and demonstrations

2019 Plans

  • Renovate the kitchen garden
  • Allow access to kitchen garden for courses, training and video filming for food bloggers
  • Divide field to better manage and expand the Beechfield Flock
  • Create new composting area
  • Create a wildflower border
  • Create a Maple forest area

2020 Plans

  • Create a Japanese Garden