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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 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.
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
Spring in the garden
Everything's beginning to burst into life. You can see beautiful blossom on the almond, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums and even some baby apricots.
The cowslips are peeking out in the wildlife border and the daffodils are in flower. If you have a look in the pond, you'll see some tadpoles.
Work in progress
We've been busy sowing seeds and some of the seedlings you'll see are African marigolds, calendula, cosmos and helichrysum.
All the dead growth has been cleared from the wildflower border, ready for this year's plants.
We have regular volunteers who've prepared the raised beds and already planted the carrots and are propagating squashes, lettuces, tomatoes and courgettes.