Warden Abbey Vineyard is situated on a four acre site between Old Warden and Cardington, and was planted by the Whitbread family in 1986 – although vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at the Cistercian Abbey of Warden.
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity now lease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource. The community vineyard is a not-for-profit venture. We work with other local charities, organisations and local schools to offer:
- a unique setting for horticultural therapy
- learning and skills development
- help for people into employment or voluntary work
- a range of volunteering opportunities for local people and community groups, and a great chance to be involved from vine to wine
- wildlife and heritage projects
- a secure future for this historic vineyard.
As well as offering a range of formal courses, BRCC also hopes to provide opportunities for the whole community to get involved. Set in a beautiful and historic location, there is tremendous scope to explore the site’s heritage, whilst improving wildlife habitats. All at a time when English wines are really coming into their own! For more information, visit the Warden Abbey Vineyard website
The vineyard is now cared for all year round by volunteers. It’s not all physical work though. There are also lots of opportunities to be involved in fund-raising, business and marketing – including promoting the project and wines at fairs and markets and leading tours of the vineyard. You can learn new skills, or help by bringing your existing knowledge and skills to the project.