Raising the sunken garden

Jun 20, 2023

A group WWOOFing opportunity in Norfolk

Opportunity to get involved in an exciting project with an archeological aspect. WWOOF host, artist and gardener, Diana Mavroleon would like help in excavating a 1920’s sunken garden that lays intact under a now overgrown piece of land on her beautiful 3 acre smallholding in North Norfolk.

History of the garden

The farmhouse was constructed in 1840 and the farmers worked hard and prospered. So much so that a beautiful and very carefully laid out sunken garden was created by a later generation of the family in the early 1920s in the vernacular Norfolk design of flint and red brick.

The centre piece of a water feature can be seen amidst densely planted terraced gardens. In the background is a thatched pavilion built of wood with brick base in a classical hexagon shape. The pavilion is still standing [see below] and with the original materials although now in need of sensitive renovations.

Present day situation

I have lived here for 2.5 years and would be very happy to have the opportunity of working together with an enthusiastic group of WWOOFers who would need to be archeologically inclined to help excavate the sunken garden and help return it to as close as possible to it’s original design and condition. It’s a considerable task that requires commitment and enthusiasm. The WWOOF stays could be throughout July, August and September 2023.

The site of the sunken garden today


Camping is possible on site in the sunken tennis court running alongside the garden and in front of the pavilion. There is an indoor bathroom and loo and also an outdoor loo. 

We would enjoy indoor meals and and also bonfires. There is plenty of on-site parking available. 

We would erect canvas marquees for outdoor sitting rooms.

Additional works

There would need to be some tree felling involved and this could either be carried out by an experienced WWOOFer in the team, or else privately by an arborist. 

The Team

We will organise a team of 5-6 people who we think would work well together. The stays could be up to 5 day stints at a time.


Worstead train station is one mile away and l would collect and drop off everyone if required.

I have 4 very good bicycles for use during the stays.

North Walsham is only 3 miles away and also has a train station and is one stop on from Worstead.


I would need to know in advance if you have any health issues and are on any form of medication.

If you would like to take part in one or all of the group WWOOFing stays excavating the sunken garden then please contact Diana by email: diana.mavroleon@gmail.com

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