Although the College is located close to the city centre, unlike other central colleges, Worcester is situated in 26 acres of picturesque landscaped grounds.

Inside the College walls lie manicured lawns, magnificent herbaceous borders, a century-old orchard, an exciting and diverse collection of trees, an ornamental lake, and a cricket pavilion overlooking playing fields and tennis courts. The gardens form an integral part of College life, offering an array of spaces for celebrations, sports and relaxation. Guests are welcome to enjoy the grounds during their visit to Worcester.

Though information about earlier gardens on the site is limited, records show that the College gardens have been continuously cultivated since at least the late eighteenth century, when numerous trees were purchased and planted. Then, in the early nineteenth century, it is likely that the picturesque development of the College grounds and lake took place. By 1899, the grazing meadows for the Provost’s cattle were transformed into playing fields.

Today, the gardens are award-winning. The gardening team continue the College’s tradition of experimental planting by seeking out unusual plants. Their emphasis is on layering, incorporating new ideas such as meadow areas and wildflowers, and planting for year-round interest.

Worcester’s beautiful grounds can be used to host garden parties or other bespoke events, and provide tranquil green space for all visitors.

Read the Worcester College Gardeners’ Blog