Allesley Park Walled Garden Group - Advertisement Feature

PUBLISHED: 12:28 18 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:54 20 February 2013

Allesley Park Walled Garden Group - Advertisement Feature

Allesley Park Walled Garden Group - Advertisement Feature

Did you know that Coventry has a Georgian Walled Garden?

Allesley Park Walled Garden Group

Did you know that Coventry has a Georgian Walled Garden? Its located in Allesley Park, on the outskirts of Allesley Village, and in part of it the Allesley Park Walled Garden Group has recreated an eighteenth-century kitchen garden. With spring already in the air, the volunteer gardeners are busypreparing the ground in the Walled Garden for this year's flowers and crops.

February sees us clearing the borders from last seasons flowers, composting, clearing the ivy off the walls, renewing espalier wires and coppicing the nut trees. We are looking forward to March whenwe caninvolve the wider public. Our first event will be a potato planting on Saturday, 26 March. During April there's sowing of root crops and by the time the first of our monthly Saturday markets arrives in May, we shall be picking the overwintered broad beans. We're not in the big league of walled gardens but are located in one of the best urban fringe locations anywhere in the country.

There's plenty to see and enjoy in Allesley with its ancient park next door to a village with medieval dwellings. The grand house no longer has a gentlemanowner with a team of gardeners growing fruit and vegetables in the Walled Garden for his familys needs, but the house itself (now a care home) is a handsome building built in the Arts and Crafts style by the founder of Coventry's first daily newspaper.

If youre interested in helping to preserve heritage features such as the Walled Garden, or you think a bit of physical exercise wouldnt do you any harm after a week at your desk or at home, theres always plenty to do. The gardeners meet in the Garden from 9.30 to 12.30 every Saturday morning and youll be very welcome. You can work at your own speed and you dont necessarily need to be a gardener we have volunteers who bake cakes, make jams and chutneys, and gather the produce for the monthly markets that are held throughout the summer, and others who work on publicity or help to supervise the educational activities.

Check out www.allesleyparkwalledgarden.org to read more about the history of Allesley Hall and see the list of events at the Walled Garden, or just come along.youre sure to dig it!


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