Events & Training

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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Forum 2002

Audley End

Audley End, subject was Restoration and Future Role ( This page is under development )  

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13th October

FIRST Forum, 2001. A seed is planted.

Hellens, Ledbury, Herefordshire

The late, lovely Fiona Grant, together with Susan Campbell organised the very first Forum for what was to become the Walled Kitchen Garden Network. That this meeting was needed has proved true as we have recently completed the 12th Forum in 2015. On October 13th 2001, Herefordshire College of Art and Design hosted a Forum on walled kitchen gardens, in order to bring together groups and individuals who shared a concern for the future of these gardens. The Forum was held at Hellens, one of the oldest privately owned houses in England, and after a misty start the day was warm and sunny, allowing people to take their refreshments outside… Read more »

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