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Few records from the 19th century existed so gardens of the era were used to form a plan for the Haigh Walled Garden.
The first challenge was to make landscape changes in order to introduce an orchard and vegetable beds. A formal orchard area was created to maintain the heritage of the Garden. Apple, pear, plum and more unusual varieties such as medlar and quince are now grown together with a variety of fruit trees from peach to cherry and fig.
Further funding from Red Rose Forest and their “Fruits of Red Rose Forest” project helped to develop a less formal fruit and nut walk.
The garden now produces seasonal vegetables, fruits and plants. These are made available to visitors in return for a donation to group funds. These donations help to sustain the garden enabling the purchase of new plants, trees and seeds for subsequent crops and the renewal of equipment.
The garden is maintained by a group of volunteers meeting on a regular basis throughout the year. The group are always open to new volunteers to help maintain the gardens and keep them open to the public.
No gardening knowledge or experience is needed to help out in the garden. There is always a range of tasks such as planting, sowing, edging, hedge trimming, pricking out, digging, weeding and constructing raised beds and fruit cages or just chatting.
We open Monday and Thursday 10:00 to 15:00 throughout the year. Volunteers may attend as often and for as long as possible.
If you are interested and would like to know more about the Walled Kitchen Garden: