Walled garden

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Background

Looking across the walled garden © National Trust

It's thought that until 1974, when Parke was donated to the National Trust, the walled garden was used mainly for growing fruit. After many years of sad neglect, we decided it was time for action. 

The hard work of members of the Bovey Tracey Climate Action group and our staff and volunteers has brought the garden back to life.

The garden

We've already had fruit from this young tree © National Trust

The garden is split into four with a small pond and wild flower border central to the design.

The top two quadrants are planted with unusual fruits and vines and the bottom half of the garden planted with vegetables produced by the BCA gardeners.

The whitewashed walls enhance the reflection of sun and heat onto the fruit trees planted around them.

Wildlife

Wildflowers growing around the pond in the walled garden © National Trust volunteer

The wild flower border is planted with a mixture of grasses and flowers providing nectar for many pollinating insects and attracting valuable predator species. 

Out of season, it can look a little untidy but the vegetation provides valuable shelter for over-wintering insects and amphibians.

Sustainable gardening

Solar powered irrigation in action

Solar powered irrigation in action

The garden is not certified as organic, but we do try to be as sustainable as possible in our approach to gardening by using the following methods:

  • Composting, green manures and liquid feed, leaves collected for leaf mulch, local manure, peat-free compost
  • Solar powered irrigation, no chemicals, eco-friendly pest control, hand tools only
  • Wildlife pond, wildflower border, companion planting

 

What we grow in the garden

  • We should get a good crop of beans © National Trust

    Vegetables

    The bottom half of the garden is devoted to growing vegetables.

  • We'll make grape juice from the crop © National Trust staff

    Mixed fruits

    A variety of fruit growing methods include apple tree cordons, pear espaliers and grape vines. &n...

  • Flowers are cut and used at Castle Drogo © Kate Yeo

    Flowers

    The cut flower border is at the bottom of the garden and is best seen during the summer months.

Opening times

When our staff or volunteers are working in the garden you're welcome to have a look around.

The Bovey Community Gardeners' opening times are:

  • Wednesday 10am - 1pm
  • Alternate weekends 10am - 1pm

Work in progress

Day by day, you can see the onions growing in size © Fred Hutt

Day by day, you can see the onions growing in size

It's a busy time of the year, with the borders and paths needing constant weeding and the vegetables needing regular watering.

At last, we're starting to reap the benefits of our hard work and are now picking runner beans and courgettes and it won't be long until we have some juicy tomatoes.

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