A NEW garden at a historic priory and country estate in Hampshire has now opened to the public.

Dozens of people flocked to Mottisfont for the opening of a new £135,000 kitchen garden.

As previously reported, the garden aims to bring food production and sustainability back to the site for the first time in more than 30 years.

The project is the result of Mottisfont’s biggest fundraising campaign to date and reflects the National Trust property’s medieval history and productive past.

The garden was officially opened to the public on Friday.

It features fruit, vegetables, salad and herb areas, decorative flowers and a central pond.

Two pergolas will run the length of the garden and will eventually be covered in climbing gourds and vines.

Their brick and flint supports include pieces of stone from Mottisfont’s ruined abbey, and from the 19th century kitchen garden. All the vegetables planted at the site are heritage varieties, and have been grown at Mottisfont from seed.