Regenerating Blickling's walled garden

Walled gardens are woven into the history and landscape of the places we look after and the lives of local people. Sadly many of our 140 walled gardens have fallen into disrepair and, although we’ve carefully restored 30, we need your help to bring more of these treasured growing spaces back to life.

Blickling’s four acre walled garden is one of those we're hoping will benefit from our Walled Gardens appeal. The garden previously produced enough food to feed the many families who lived and worked on the 5,000 acre Blickling Estate for four centuries but is now in desperate need of regeneration.

Urgent repairs needed

The number of gardeners working at Blickling today is a fraction of those who worked on the estate in its heyday. As a result it hasn’t been possible to maintain the walled garden at the same time as ensuring the 55 acre formal garden continually looks at its best.
Work is urgently needed on the walled garden’s greenhouses where exotic fruits and vegetables were once grown. Some show clear signs of wear and tear, while others have recently had to be taken down, exposing their rusty heating pipes to the elements.

Hope for the walled garden

Nearly three quarters of the funds needed to restore the walled garden have been raised from sales in Blickling's second-hand bookshop as well as individual donations and work on the garden is underway. A further £90,000 is needed to complete the five year project.
‘This is such a great opportunity for us to recreate an important lost feature of Blickling’s garden and make it a fabulous area for people to explore and enjoy’ says head gardener Paul Underwood, who has worked at Blickling for 14 years.

How you can help?

You can help Paul and the garden team restore Blickling’s walled garden to its former glory by volunteering on the project. ‘Anyone getting involved will be creating something that will be enjoyed by thousands of people for years to come’ says Paul.
Visitors to Blickling will also be able to reap the rewards of the restoration project in its restaurant. ‘We’ll be putting much more produce grown at Blickling onto plates in the same way that the garden used to provide for the estate’ explains volunteer Sue Prutton.
‘We can’t wait to see how the walled garden will develop over the next few years,’ adds Sue, who has volunteered at Blickling for 15 years. ‘It will make such a difference to our garden tours.’