It was a friendly and fruitful gathering of kitchen garden enthusiasts who took part in what was for many, a new kind of symposium. Meeting and greeting many of the participants, some from as far as the USA, along with short descriptions of upcoming presentations left us with a sense of anticipation and excitement at the prospect of being part of a new European network. (In this first Zoom webinar, video sound suffered as did the live translation but this is something to be rectified before the next session on December 17th) Susan Campbell knew from the outset she would not be at the proposed meeting at Chambord and so… Read more »

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Registration numbers for our virtual seminar are fast approaching 200 with representatives from France, the Uk, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Germany and the USA. Whatever your interest in Kitchen Gardens of all kinds and all states of repair or production, you are bound to find kindred spirits attending the Zoom seminars to be held over this winter. It is a great opportunity to meet those in the know and not only learn but also have an opportunity to have your questions answered. By next spring you will find yourself part of a new European kitchen garden community when we hope to set a date for a post-COVID, old fashioned,… Read more »

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Registration form for the European Symposium 15th October 2020

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Thank you for opening this update. Many of you will have been wondering whether we will be able to go ahead with the Symposium – and the answer is yes! However with the ongoing difficulties due to the Coronavirus, we have decided to take the event online. We are also hoping that many more of you will be able to join the Symposium this way. Please read on: We are extremely happy to report that the Symposium is enjoying a great response – we already exceed 100 participants. The issue though is that people living outside France are hesitant to commit themselves to travelling to Chambord with the uncertainty surrounding… Read more »

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Forum 2020 – Audley End, 3rd October There is still some uncertainty about the possibility of our Forum taking place at Audley End this year, and so we have decided with them to postpone it until some time next year, 2021 But the good news is that an equivalent event, a European Symposium on Kitchen Gardens, organised by The Walled Kitchen Garden Network in conjunction with Les Potagers du France and Les Amis du Potager de Roi is definitely taking place at Chambord in France on the 15th and 16th of October, this year. Contributors include our old friends Jim and Sarah, talking about West Dean, and Chris and Karen,… Read more »

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James Deville contacted The Grapevine with some thoughts about gardening during Lockdown . . . . . See more on their Facebook page Doveridge Walled Garden. It just seems a good time for walled garden owners to post anything they feel at the moment as we are so lucky to have the space and opportunity to make the most of our forced time off from our day jobs. We have done so much to our garden over the past three weeks in that we’ve made our garden our full time jobs completing many tasks that would be virtually impossible in our normal available time along with more setting than would… Read more »

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Saturday 3rd October 2020 As you will have read we are returning, by invitation, to Audley End for our Forum this year, to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of reopening of the walled kitchen gardens in 2000, following the extensive restoration by English Heritage of the kitchen garden and glasshouses. It is now also 19 years with since the foundation of the Walled Kitchen Gardens Network by Susan Campbell with the late Fiona Grant. The first WKGN Forum was held at Audley End, on 21st September 2002 For this Forum 2020, we will take a retrospective look at the astounding progress made in the last 20 years, by the Walled… Read more »

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Our Forum this year will be held at Audley End on the 3rd October to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the start of restoration of the garden and glasshouses. These copies of slides were taken by Susan Campbell at different stages of the restoration and of the Royal visit.

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We’re looking for an enthusiastic kitchen gardener to further develop and improve the walled garden at a private residence in Hampshire. The recently built walled garden is in its 3rd year and is home to an Alitex Glasshouse along with 6+ main vegetable beds and top & soft fruits producing high quality and interesting produce which supply the families chef at this weekend residence. This is very much a hands on role for an energetic person, you’ll have a real passion for growing the required produce and presenting the walled garden and glasshouse to the highest of standards at all times, an eye for detail is essential in this role…. Read more »

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