Events & Training

5th October 2013

Forum 2013

Attingham Park

FORUM 2013 OCTOBER 5TH ATTINGHAM PARK, SHROPSHIRE The forum 2013 was held at Attingham Park in Shropshire on the 5th October 2013. Attingham is a National Trust property, where there is a large walled garden (just under two acres) and a smaller frame-yard with working glasshouses, back-sheds and bothy. This is an on-going restoration project, which has so far brought three of the quarters of the garden back into full productivity

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6th and 7th October

Forum 2012

Helmingham Hall

WKGN FORUM 2012. 6th & 7th OCTOBER AT HELMINGHAM HALL, SUFFOLK The weekend Forum in Suffolk was a great success. The talks took place at Helmingham Hall on the Saturday, followed by garden visits the following day. Once again we were blessed by wonderful weather.  

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Forum 2011

  Theme: Publicly owned walled kitchen gardens Sixty delegates and speakers from the length and breadth of the country, and offshore islands, were welcomed to the 2011 Forum by Susan Campbell and Fiona Grant, founders of WKGN, on what turned out to be the hottest October day on record. The speakers represented a range of different projects taking place in walled kitchen gardens owned by local authorities John Isaacs was once a head master, a role that now stands him in good stead for his current position as Chair of the Insole Court Community Garden Group. Insole Court was once an extensive mansion built by James Harvey Insole, from wealth… Read more »

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24th & 25th September

Forum 2010

Scottish Borders

Image above taken in the garden at Mertoun.  This year we have chosen to have our annual Forum in the Scottish Borders. We feel that a visit is long overdue; the region is renowned for its wealth of fine walled kitchen gardens and for the skill of its gardeners, as well as for many splendid varieties of fruit and vegetables which, as their names reveal, have been raised north of the border. The area is also rich in glasshouses (in various states of repair), most of them having been made by one of Scotland’s most prolific and prestigious manufacturers, Mackenzie and Moncur of Edinburgh. The Forum will take place over… Read more »

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16th October 2009

Forum 2009

Hampton Court Palace

THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE. Our first venture at making links with productive walled gardens in Europe was a great success, with over 100 delegates, and an excellent range of speakers from Belgium, France, Germany, and the UK. Outside the Palace A group of delegates in the Privy Garden   Two of the speakers were Herman van den Bossch who spoke on‘The Museum Garden at Castle Gaasbeek: the making and keeping of a living laboratory’  and Dr. Kristin Püttmann, who spoke on ‘A Little Bit of Britain – two late 18th century walled kitchen gardens in Northern Germany’

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Forum 2008

Croxteth Hall, Liverpool

FORUM 2008 ‘Back to the Roots’- Profit from Produce Liverpool is the Capital of Culture 2008, so this year we have chosen Liverpool’s Croxteth Hall as our venue, where the Victorian walled garden is now owned by the council and continues to flourish and produce fruit, flowers and vegetables. The theme of this Forum is to investigate viable new roles for walled kitchen gardens in the 21st century.These gardens were, of course, once intensely productive places, providing their owners with fresh fruit and vegetables all the year round, but now they often have to pay they way. With the threat of climate change, the rising price of food and the… Read more »

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30th September

Forum 2007

Helmsley Hall

Helmsley Hall ( This page is under development )  

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Forum 2005

Tatton Park

Forum 2005 held at Tatton Park. One of the interesting presentations was by Linda Milk on Greenhouse Restoration. How I restored my greenhouse by Linda Milk Background Information: Our greenhouse is the surviving Vinery section of a much larger Boulton and Paul greenhouse that was built about 1870. It is a ¾ span structure and was originally 32 feet long by 15 feet wide, by 12 feet high. It was sub-divided into two sections by a glass wall with an intercommunicating door between the display area, complete with tiered stands, and a Vinery. By the time we bought the property in 2003 the previous owner had dismantled the display section… Read more »

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30th September

Forum 2004

West Dean Walled Gardens, Sussex

The 2004 Forum was held at West Dean Gardens, Chichester, West Sussex on 30th October 2004. The Network’s mission is to help in the conservation of Walled Kitchen Gardens by offering advice and support and by providing a forum in which experience and expertise can be shared. The focus of the Forum was on research, conservation and restoration – the essential first steps in bringing these gardens back to life. However, ensuring the sustainability of these gardens is equally important and there was a session of case studies from individuals speaking of their own particular experiences and approaches to sustainability. Expert speakers included: Susan Campbell (WKGN, walled garden historian and… Read more »

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