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Guy’s Cliffe Walled Garden Volunteers Celebrate Seven Year Anniversary

On 22nd January 2014, a team of volunteers arrived to rescue Guy’s Cliffe Walled Garden, a Grade II listed Georgian/Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden established by the Greatheed family in the 1770s. The garden had fallen into disrepair, and the plan was to restore it to its original splendour.

The restoration of the garden as a historical asset for Warwick (and the wider community) was initiated by Hintons Nursery in association with a group of supportive local people. This led to the establishment of GCWG Trust that now manages the garden, supported and sponsored by Hintons.

Volunteers work on allotted days to work in the garden. Trustee Barry Meatyard says, ‘It’s not all about gardening, the work is very diverse, from brickwork to “meeting and greeting” – and although we have made good progress there is still much to do.’ To join, visit www.guyscliffewalledgarden.org.uk/getinvolved.html.

As a community project, all the kitchen garden produce currently goes to the Helping Hands charity and the Night Shelter.

Education is also a priority, and this year the focus will be on developing undercover facilities for workshops and demonstrations. School visits and enquiries from community groups to use the garden as a venue are welcome.

The garden is free to visit and opens on selected days. Currently, entry is via an online ticketing system – visit www.guyscliffewalledgarden.org.uk to book. Find the garden on the Coventry Road, between Leek Wootton and Warwick, with access/parking via Hintons Nursery, CV34 5FJ. Please visit our Facebook page ‘Guy’s Cliffe Walled Garden’.