The oldest wisteria in England

The days getting warmer and longer are often a sign that summer is well on its way.

But here, at the Griffin Brewery, we have another large, purple sign to tell us that - our wisteria.

This beautiful smelling purple genus has been creeping up the side of our brewery walls since 1816, making it officially the oldest in England. It began life as one of two saplings brought over from China, and was planted outside what used to be the Head Brewer's cottage.

The other sapling was taken to Kew Gardens up the road, where it didn't have as much success taking root and died soon after. So the folks at Kew came back for a cutting of ours to regrow their own, meaning our great climber has reached the heady heights of a royal garden!

Want to see it (and smell it) for yourself? Book yourself onto a brewery tour.