Sylvia’s seeds of success

Lancashire Life - - FOOD & DRINK -

In Lan­cashire, there are experts ded­i­cated to pro­duc­ing some of the best pro­duce for some on the coun­try’s best kitchen. Sylvia Travers, head gar­dener at the Miche­lin-starred Moor Hall in Aughton, is re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing the best stan­dard of fruit, vegeta­bles and mi­cro herbs to be used in the kitchen a few steps away.

Sylvia, who pre­vi­ously man­aged the fully re­stored and func­tion­ing Vic­to­rian kitchen garden at the Lost Gar­dens of Heli­gan as well as be­ing di­rec­tor at The Farm at L’en­clume in the Lake Dis­trict, has spent al­most two years craft­ing a garden space that will per­fectly work with the de­mands of its Miche­lin starred res­tau­rant.

Sylvia works closely with chef pa­tron Mark

Bir­chall and his team to pro­duce un­usual herbs, baby vegeta­bles, fruit, cut flow­ers and more for the Moor Hall din­ing room as well as it’s ca­sual din­ing res­tau­rant, The Barn, and the rooms for guests.

She uses out­door grow­ing space as well as walled bor­ders, cold frames and glasshouse­s.

‘It’s been a busy but ex­cit­ing place to work,‘ said Sylvia, who also hosts garden tours at Moor Hall. ‘I came in at the be­gin­ning and was able to de­sign the gar­dens in a way that I knew would work best. That’s a really thrilling prospect and it’s not something ev­ery­one gets the op­por­tu­nity to do. It is chal­leng­ing and not everything works. But when it does, it really is very ex­cit­ing.’

Sylvia Travers, the head gar­dener at Moor Hall in Aughton

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