Forum 2020 – Audley EndBack to the grapevine

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 Kitchen Gardens fraternity and celebrate these important gardens – part of our historical and cultural gardens’ heritage.

We’d be delighted if you can join us, to meet the people and hear some of the stories and passion that has driven extraordinary work, a belief in the seemingly impossible, and wonderful achievements alongside ongoing work to strengthen the survival of these gardens for the future……….

Booking will be opening soon, in the meantime please get in touch with us, either to:, or leave a message below.

Because of the current situation with coronavirus, we are organising a one day event initially. We are however working in the hope that by October, events like this will be able to go ahead and so if possible, we will arrange garden visits for Sun. 4th Oct. nearer the time.


Terry Read

I was responsible (in part) for the building of the Orchard House. I had copies of Rivers books, one of which had the plans for the Orchard House. I was one of those who gave short talks at the first symposium. As a fifth generation nurseryman running the now closed Reads Nursery at Hales Hall in Norfolk (we ran out of heirs wanting to take it on!) we supplied fruit trees, both hardy and tender, such as peaches and citrus ( acquired from Rivers when they closed down), to gardens in this country and across the world.

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