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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
The bottom half of the garden is devoted to growing vegetables.
Apples, pears, nectarine and apricots, alongside grape vines, gooseberries, currants and plums.
The cut flower border is at the bottom of the garden and is best seen during the summer months.
Work in progress
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.