Parke's secret garden
Historically, you had to peer through the portholes on the locked doors, but now you can view the Walled Garden most days between 10am and 2:30pm.
The walled garden's tended by hardy souls from the Bovey Community Gardeners on Wednesdays and alternate Saturdays and Sundays. On Thursdays, dedicated National Trust volunteers are hard at work.
The lower two plots have been given over to the community gardeners whilst the National Trust volunteers look after the two upper plots, which contain the vines and fruit trees, the herbaceous border and all the walled fruit.
We all try to be as sustainable as possible. Water to the garden comes from a well, rediscovered in 2007 and is pumped using solar power to a 10,000 litre tank which feeds all the taps. We use no artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides, using manure from the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust as well as using nettle and comfrey tea to help our produce grow. Companion planting reduces the need to weed and the wildlife area running through the middle of the garden provides shelter, cover and food for invertebrates, mammals, amphibians and birds that help us in our quest against slugs and snails, as well as other unwanted pests.
The produce grown by the community gardeners is shared between those that toil the earth. Donations received for fruit and vegetables is ploughed back into seeds for future growth, to ensure that the walled garden remains in green hands.
Where and when
To enter walk from the carpark down the hill past the orchard and go through the first gate to the walled garden on the left.