Each month we feature a local business in Wales with unique qualities. Whether that be keeping traditional artisan skills alive, helping the environment, simply being fabulous or all of the above, we think that they deserve a shout about.
This month's featured business is Mostyn Kitchen Garden in Mostyn, near Holywell, North Wales.
Mostyn Kitchen Garden has been in full production since 2011, growing a variety of fruits and vegetables, and making delicious jams, sauces and chutneys.
Victorian Walled Garden
Set in the grounds of the beautiful Mostyn Hall, what started out as the restoration of the neglected 18th century walled kitchen garden, has now matured into a fully-fledged business, run as an amazing social enterprise.
The two and a half acres of lush green beds and a beautiful large glasshouse have been transformed by the hard work and dedication of husband and wife team Philip and Debbie Handley and the community groups who regularly volunteer.
Every week schools, local businesses, voluntary groups and individuals all roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. From gentle weeding, seed sowing, watering and pruning, to harvesting and heavy digging, they get equally stuck in.
Sustainability and Biodiversity
Members of the community gain new and important skills whilst learning about how food is produced, all the while getting exercise and being outdoors. It is a fabulous model for sustainability, healthy living and biodiversity and Debbie and Philip have worked tirelessly to make it so.
Birds and Bees
Ex-battery hens are given a new lease of life and wander around freely, fertilizing the earth as they go. A local restaurant contributes to the onsite compost heap and the flowers are pollinated by the busy bees from the garden’s own beehives.
By building these relationships, the aim is to “ensure that there is a good quality supply of local food to cater for everyone’s purse and taste”. The garden’s produce is delivered directly to families and local business through a box scheme.
Anything that is left-over is turned into their range of preserves, chutneys and sauces. These are produced by hand, in small batches in the onsite converted kitchen. The main ingredients are seasonal and all grown in the garden, then freshly-picked to ensure taste and goodness. Mostyn Kitchen Garden's wares are now stocked in over twenty local outlets making it a truly enterprising venture that is growing and growing, literally!
Debbie is also a committee member for the Clwdian Range Food and Drink Group that encourages local enterprises and community-mindedness, and the North East Wales Slow Food Group, which is a group of small producers in the region. If you would like to know more or would like to become a member, please contact the group directly or Debbie via their website at Mostyn Kitchen Garden.
We are incredibly impressed by this community venture. If you are too and would like to volunteer for a day, please get in touch with Debbie. If you fancy a stay in the area we have a few exclusive cottages in North Wales nearby. Keep an eye out for their products in the local shops. You won't be disappointed.
To see our other fabulous businesses that feature in our Shout About Wales monthly blog please see below:
Hilltop Honey in Powys