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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
Autumn in the garden
Plenty to see at this time of the year, see if you can spot:
- lots of grapes, damsons and pears to be harvested
- squashes ripe for the picking
- winter vegetables almost ready for the table
- beautiful late flowers
Work in progress
You'll see lots of harvesting, seed collecting, weeding and general tidying up going on around the garden and in the polytunnel. We decide what maintenance jobs need to be carried out over the winter months and start planning our work for next year.