Dig deep for Tyntesfield's kitchen garden - : The National Trust launches £290,000 appeal...
PUBLISHED: 11:01 09 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:50 20 February 2013
The National Trust is urging people to dig deep to help them save the Victorian walled kitchen garden at Tyntesfield in North Somerset. A fundraising appeal has been launched to raise the £290,000 needed to carry out urgent repairs to the garden
The National Trust is urging people to dig deep to help them save the Victorian walled kitchen garden at Tyntesfield in North Somerset. A fundraising appeal has been launched to raise the 290,000 needed to carry out urgent repairs to the garden before winter sets in.
Still in use it is one of the few Victorian kitchen gardens to have remained in continuous cultivation since its earliest formation in the 1830s. Complete with numerous glasshouses and potting sheds brimming with historic gardening paraphernalia, the practical but charming buildings have been home to over 100 years of estate gardeners. Fruit trees climb the red brick walls, and rows of vegetables and flowers thrive in this sheltered south facing spot in North Somerset, originally used to provide produce for four generation of the Gibbs family who made Tyntesfield their home.
Whilst the plants are thriving, sadly the vulnerable buildings are in serious disrepair and need urgent work before winter sets in.
Paul Evans, Tyntesfields Head Gardener says, The age of the buildings and the ravages of a number of harsh winters have really taken their toll. Our potting shed roof is badly leaking, the walls are crumbling due to frost damage and the oak gates need to be replaced to protect the garden from hungry local deer. He continues, The kitchen garden is a very special space which allows us to do so much with the community and keep the estate working as it was meant to be.
As well as being inspiration to visitors, the garden provides Tyntesfields new Cow Barn restaurant with fresh produce and is used as a learning and training space for schools, students and community groups.
With the main restoration of the house and estate buildings now complete this is one of the last major appeals needed to ensure the Gothic Victorian estate is conserved for everyone to enjoy.
To donate to the appeal contact Tyntesfields Fundraising Manager Charlotte Akrill on 01275 461908. For more information go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfieldappeal2011