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Dorothy Clive Garden now serving a choice of outdoor-reared, free range meat in tearoom from local Buttercross Farm (5th April 2013)

The Dorothy Clive Garden - now officially open for the 2013 season - is offering customers a choice of 100% free range meat products in the garden tearoom sourced from local free-range meat supplier, Buttercross Farm. This will include items such as speciality and traditional sausages, cooked ham and dry & wet cured bacon - all from free range, outdoor reared pigs.

Julia Roberts, Marketing Manager, said, ‘We are thrilled to be selling a selection of Buttercross Farm meats here in the Dorothy Clive Garden tearoom. Not only do we whole-heatedly support high levels of animal welfare, which Buttercross Farm offers, but we are also passionate about working together with local businesses and suppliers where we can. We want to offer our customers more choice in the garden tearoom, and offering meat which is of an excellent standard, and sourced locally, is part of our on-going commitment to do just that.’

Owner and Managing Director of Buttercross Farm, Martyn Rowley, said,   ‘We are proud to supply our free range, outdoor reared meat, to local charity The Dorothy Clive Garden. We are committed to the highest standards of animal welfare & we are passionate about great food and flavour. All our pork, bacon, sausages and ham is from pigs reared to the highest welfare standards; they are all kept outside in small groups within large open paddocks and with a well bedded pig arc for shelter and warmth. Buttercross Farm is about producing great quality meats, that comes from ensuring excellent animal husbandry.’

The garden tea room, which is situated in the heart of the garden, is open from 11pm to 5pm daily, selling a selection of light lunches and other refreshments and light lunch snacks including delicious seasonal soups, quiche, three counties ploughman’s, homemade scones and various hot and cold drinks.

Visitors can delight in the intimate and informal gardens set amidst glorious countryside. Seasonal flowers such as daffodils including, crocuses, muscaris and scillas are out now, as well as flowering shrubs such as camellias, viburnums and emerging rhododendrons.

The Dorothy Clive Garden - a charitable garden trust - was set up in 1958 by Colonel Harry Clive. The objectives are to maintain, enhance and develop a garden inspired by the memory of the late Dorothy Clive to be used for the enjoyment and benefit of the public. Also to support horticultural education for the continuing benefit of both students and the general public.

The garden, originally a disused gravel quarry, was transformed by Clive into a woodland garden for his wife Dorothy, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

If you would like further information, please contact the 01630 647237, alternatively email info@dorothyclivegarden.co.uk.