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The Walled Kitchen Gardens Network is an informal group of national organisations and individual experts. We decided there was a need to link up and develop a more integrated approach to restoring walled gardens, so that they become sustainable. By helping others work together we hope to support a renaissance of walled kitchen gardens: to tell their story, to value and share the knowledge around the country, and to hand on a rich asset to future generations.

The Network includes:

Susan Campbell susan.campbell@walledgardens.net
Susan has been researching the history of the walled kitchen garden for over 20 years. She has personally visited and photographed nearly 600 walled kitchen gardens in the UK and abroad, and is a foremost authority on the subject (see Publications ). She lectures and advises professionally.


Mike Kleyn mike.kleyn@walledgardens.net
Mike designed the kitchen garden at the Ham House Hotel (Piccadilly, London - 2014). He also established the walled garden at The Pig in Brockenhurst in 2010-11. He was the head gardener at Babington House, Somerset where he grew fresh produce in the walled garden there for the restaurant between 2005 and 2010. Before that he was for two years the gardener for the River Café, Hammersmith and also worked for two years as a volunteer guide and label engraver at the Chelsea Physic Garden. He is South African by birth and trained originally as a pharmacist.



The best way to contact the Network is via email: advicewkgn@walledgardens.net


The national partner organisations in the Walled Kitchen Gardens Network are:

National Trust
36 Queen Annes Gate, London SW1H 9AS
0870 609 5380

For more information on their sustainable agriculture programme please contact Ellie Robinson: ellie.robinson@nationaltrust.org.uk

Assoc of Garden Trusts
70 Cowcross St, EC1M 6EJ
0207 251 2610
Please contact Kate Harwood, Administrator:

Garden History Society
70 Cowcross St
London EC1M 6EJ
0207 608 2409
For all enquiries relating to the GHS's work as a statutory consultee on parks and gardens in England: conservation@gardenhistorysociety.org

Garden History Society in Scotland:
Alison Allighan (Conservation Officer)
The Garden History Society in Scotland
Glasite Meeting House
33 Barony Street

FLAIR (Food & Local Agriculture Information Resource)
a project of f3, the Foundation for Local Food Initiatives
PO Box 1234
Bristol BS99 2PG
0845 458 9525

English Heritage
23 Saville Row, London W1S 2ET
Bristol BS99 2PG
0207 973 3000

A family business offering high quality, bespoke greenhouses in traditional styles.

Garden Organic
Garden Organic is the working name for the Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA). They are a registered charity and Europe’s largest organic membership organisation, dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food.
Ryton Organic Gardens,
Coventry CV8 3LG
02476 313517


Chiswick House and Gardens

Chiswick House and Gardens is England's first and one of the finest examples of neo-Palladian architecture set in a beautiful 65-acre estate. It is situated in West London, six miles by road or a 15 minute tube ride, from Hyde Park Corner.

Cowbridge Physic Garden

The one-time walled kitchen garden of Cowbridge Grammar School in South Wales, has been converted into a Physic Garden and will soon be open to the public. See the website address above for details.

Croome Walled Gardens

A privately owned garden set in the historic Capability Brown landscape. The large seven acre garden is being lovingly restored by the owners, and is open for group visits by prior arrangement. For further information contact them

Eura Conservation

Eura specialise in the conservation and restoration of metal wood and glass structures, including glasshouses.

Hibbitt of Oswestry

On-line shop for traditional high quality English Gardenwares seldom found in Garden Centres. Suppliers to the National Trust & NT Scotland for Garden Restoration projects since 1997. Ranges include; Bell & Lantern Cloches, Terracotta Forcers, Leather Gloves & Aprons, Wooden Sieves, Pruning Knives, Wooden Compost Bins, Wooden Finials, Obelisks, Victorian Benches, Decorative Birdtables & Nest Boxes, Watering Cans, Victorian Garden Lines and Potting Shed Equipment.

Manor Gardens Nursery

Manor Gardens is a plant nursery set in a Victorian walled kitchen garden with several interesting original features.

Nantwich Walled Garden Society

The Nantwich Walled Garden Society was formally launched on 13 June 2004 by Viscount Ashbrook, patron of the Cheshire Gardens Trust. The society was formed from what was originally a small committee of enthusiasts called the Campaign to Conserve the Old Walled Garden.
For more information, please contact the Chairman, Mr Peter Harrington, via email chairman@nantwichwalledgarden.org.uk

National Gardens Scheme

NGS gardens open for charity.
Publisher of the 'Yellow Book', the annual
best-seller listing 3,500 gardens that open for the NGS.

Old Garden Tools

This company has an extensive collection of antique and vintage garden tools and gardening paraphernalia. The collection is based in West London and is used mainly for hiring out to television companies, etc. However items occasionally come up for sale, and the website is a useful illustrated resource for garden historians and other researchers.

Pennard Plants

Pennard Plants, nursery within a walled garden in Somerset, which offers a wide range of Heritage Vegetable and Flower seeds, Heritage Top & Soft fruit, Herbs and other plants for the kitchen garden. Demonstration Vegetable Garden being developed growing heritage varieties. We also grow Agapanthus. Open by appointment only.

Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden

Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden in Cambridgeshire is in the process of being restored by a small but enthusiastic team of volunteers. The aim is to grow as many Cambridgeshire varieties as possible. Additions over recent years include an apple tunnel running the complete length of the garden, a large area devoted to soft fruit and a herb garden.

Room in the Garden

Room in the Garden produces elegant rusted steel garden structures from the beautifully restored walled garden at Cowdray Park. They also offer a variety of courses and events.

Scotland’s Garden Scheme

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme raises funds for other worthy charities by facilitating the opening of large and small gardens of horticultural interest throughout Scotland to the public.  In 2010 many of Scotland’s finest gardens, normally inaccessible to the public, will open.  See website address above for details.

Sheen Botanical Labels Limited

We specialise in engraving botanical and horticultural labels to order from lists supplied by clients. Our labels can be displayed in our matt-black powder coated aluminium label stands, which range in heights from 15cms to 50cms. Alternatively, we can punch holes in labels for hanging or, for mature trees, supply them with 'spring' tree fixings. Lastly, we engrave commemorative plaques which can be supplied with our own matt-black powder-coated galvanised steel holders.

Sugnall Walled Kitchen Garden

Sugnall, Stafford, ST21 6NF. Open 1 April to October, Wed – Sun, 10.30-4.30, admission £2.50. Restored kitchen garden and Slow Food principles. The produce is grown on organic lines, processed on site and sold through the teashop. Guided tours available Sunday.

The Chiswick House Kitchen Garden Association

The only working Kitchen Garden in London, the Chiswick House Kitchen Garden Association is a purely voluntary organisation dedicated to reviving the walled gardens as a place of beauty and productivity and providing an educational project for teaching children, young people & others about gardening, plants & food.

The Victorian Glasshouse Company Ltd

Specialists in the restoration and supply of 19th and early 20th Century Glasshouses and Coldframes.

Thomas Etty Esq

Supplier of Heritage Seeds and Bulbs for the Period Garden.



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