The Walled Garden
The Team Behind the Project
Head Gardener Dene Wood and team of ten gardeners, supported by a team of volunteers, will take forward the next stage of the restoration project for the 18th century walled garden. Work started in November 2018 on adding to and improving the 6-acre site.
The walled garden trustees approved the plans that Dene presented. The proposed new planting plan has arisen following the walled garden trustees decision to decline the Heritage Lottery Fund second round grant.
Dene and his team have spent the last few years tidying the rooms in the garden; improving the soil, the structure of pathways and generally maintaining what is there, however it is evident that we need to have a vision and a different direction to progress along with an impetus to change the layout.
Phase one will include a big investment into the project with the main costs contributing towards creating the new space between the glasshouse and the walled garden. Year one plans are expected to be implemented by the opening of the 2019 visitor season in April. The team will also work on box hedging, laying an irrigation system, as well as planting ornamental prunus varieties (plums) and autumn and spring flowers. It is hoped that work will start on the Thomas Messenger glasshouse. A focus will be on propagating to ensure and encourage regrowth year-on-year
The second phase will mark the start of the second phase of the project. Plans are to inject a flush of colour into the gardens and to build exciting new herbaceous plantings which will flank a new 10metre lawn. All of this will be framed by structural hedging and topiary. The plan is to keep the popular roses but give them a new home beneath the topiarised lines.
The team will place seating in clever places for vantage view points for visitors and there will be an uninterrupted vista down to the events room. The plan aims to keep the outer paths and shrub borders along with fragrant archways trained with Laburnum and Wisteria which will provide colour, scent and will flow over the framework once established in 10-20 years’ time.
The third phase will see a focus on the events room with the perimeter borders elevated by building a low retaining wall and additionally the central lawn will be framed with an attractive hand-thrown red brick.
The vegetable garden will also receive attention in year three and will be dissected with fruit beds to add variety and interest in the layout. There will be low framing plants used for edging such as chives and an eye catching 120 metres archway covering the full length of the vegetable garden with permanent fruit trained to grow over it.
The team will look at the first room creating two intricate filigree parterres which will frame colourful annuals. There will also be a new camellia and orchid planting created to celebrate the newly restored Thomas Messenger glasshouse.
This room will focus heavily on fruit. There will be a central structure with somewhere to sit. Planting of the north side of the room will house cherries, whilst the south, east and west visitors can expect to find lots of other varieties of fruits and where possible, the team will endeavour to use local and historic varieties. There will also be beds of low trained fruit such as apples and currents.
The plan is to create a maze from maize. The area will also house the flock of chickens and bees.
Cut Flower Room
Topiary will be introduced into the existing cut flower room to add aesthetical value.
Follow the progression in the walled garden on our blog.