Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden Restored

The hard work has paid off to restore the Victorian walled kitchen garden at Farms for City Children’s Nethercott House, Iddesleigh. The garden was officially opened at a celebration that involved children on that week’s course leading tours of the garden. The charity was founded by Sir Michael and Lady Clare Morpurgo in 1976, Nethercott House being the first farm, now joined by two more in Gloucestershire and Pembrokeshire. The charity's purpose is to help children from urban areas learn about growing and where their food comes from. Some 100,000 children have been to one of the three farms. With support from a National Heritage Lottery Fund grant and funding from DGT, the walled garden now boasts fully restored walls, paths and glasshouse. DGT member and former trustee, Penny Hammond, a professional horticulturist and National Trust head gardener, helped with the project. ‘It has been a privilege to help with the restoration of the Walled Garden, being part of a team of great people who have achieved a great deal in a relatively short period of time.