The kitchen garden, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

The Walled Garden in July at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

The organic four-and-a-half-acre walled kitchen garden at Wimpole was constructed in the 1790s for the third Earl of Hardwick, and no expense was spared. Even the walls are heated to keep peaches warm during the spring frosts.

The orchard is equally as impressive, containing apple, pear, apricot, plum, greengage, medlar and quince crops – all of which are used in the estate’s shop and restaurant.
 
There are around 50 types of tomatoes to be found, including Green Zebra and Banana Cream, which are celebrated at the popular Wimpole Tomato Festival in September each year.
 
Other interesting sights are the apple store, mushroom house and potting shed – all of which are being restored – and the famous Yin Yang bean with its peculiar black and white markings.