Roots and Shoots

In partnership with the NHS, the Roots and Shoots Programme provides 10 schools each year with the opportunity to take part in a full horticultural programme, throughout the gardening season.

Through practical sessions , children increase their knowledge around healthy eating and the importance of having an active lifestyle, where they develop their own gardening skills to use at school and home.  For many, this is the first time they have done any gardening and for some, it is eye-opening to discover where vegetables come from!

The programme is fun and engaging and works to combat obesity at an age where it will have the most impact on their health and dietary habits. It is a critical time to continue this work as childhood obesity is on the rise within the UK, especially Northumberland. Our programme is the perfect way to tackle this as well as working with children to develop a keen interest in gardening and the outdoors.

To find out more send us an email.

Roots and Shoots Garden

Find out more about the Roots and Shoots Garden by clicking the areas of the garden below.

Roots and Shoots Map
The Gentlemens Garden Young Gardeners Roots and Shoots Observation Bee Hive
The Alnwick Garden Opening Hours

* Please note that the below times are for The Alnwick Garden daytime opening hours only - Halloween evening events, The Winter Light Trail and The Treehouse are all subject to individual opening hours, which can be found on the relevant pages on our website *

1st – 30th October
10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:00)

31st October
10:00 - 16:00 (last admission 15:00)

Please note that outside of  Northumberland school holidays we will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays as of 1st November 2021 – 31st March 2022 (with the exception of evenings during the light trail - please see Christmas page for further details)


1st – 28th November 2021

10:00 – 16:00 (Last Admission 15:00)

29th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022
10:00 – 15:30 (Last Admission 14:30)

CLOSED Christmas Day, Boxing Day (open Boxing Day evening for light trail)

Tuesday 4th January 2022 – Thursday 3rd February 2022
CLOSED for essential maintenance

4th February 2022 – 31st March 2022
10:00 – 16:00 (Last Admission 15:00)