Hid­den gar­den is re­dis­cov­ered

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By TARA DUN­DON

AN HIS­TORIC gar­den, which dates back more than 150 years and lain ne­glected un­til it was re-dis­cov­ered 14 years ago, is now open for pub­lic view­ing.

The beau­ti­ful Ram­sey Abbey Gar­dens are a typ­i­cal Vic­to­rian walled gar­den within the bound­aries of the me­dieval Ram­sey Abbey, but records show that it dates back even fur­ther.

Eigh­teenth cen­tury doc­u­ments re­fer to The Kitch­ing Gar­den and record The Gar­den Grounds or Wall Gar­den near Ram­sey Church.

A spokes­woman for the gar­dens, Jane Yardley said: “In 1737, the es­tate was pur­chased by the Fel­lowes fam­ily and in 1804, the ar­chi­tect Sir John Soane was com­mis­sioned to mod­ernise the old house, in­clud­ing the cre­ation of a new gar­den.

“Later, Ed­ward Fel­lowes en­gaged the ar­chi­tect of Buck­ing­ham Palace, Ed­ward Blore, to make fur­ther im­prove­ments in­clud­ing de­sign­ing the gar­den’s en­trance gate.”

For more than 100 years, the gar­den flour­ished, pro­duc­ing fruit, flow­ers and veg­eta­bles for the house all year round and these were also sent by rail to the fam­ily’s London home.

In the 1950s, it was used as a mar­ket gar­den but even­tu­ally the gar­den be­came ne­glected.

Jane added: “Since its re-dis­cov­ery in 1996, vol­un­teers have cleared bram­bles and over­grown veg­e­ta­tion from the one-acre site, so that a col- lec­tion of flow­ers and pro­duce could be planted to re­flect the his­tory of hor­ti­cul­ture in Cam­bridgeshire.”

An ap­ple tun­nel, which was once one of the orig­i­nal fea­tures of the gar­den, has been re­in­stated. Twenty va­ri­eties of ap­ples, which have con­nec­tions with the county, have been planted along the cen­tral path in­clud­ing the Hunt­ing­don Codlin, Chivers De­light and Bar­nack Beauty.

Vis­i­tors can also buy sea­son­ally-grown veg­eta­bles, fruit and flow­ers as well as jams, chut­neys and pre­serves.

Ram­sey Abbey walled kitchen gar­den is ac­cessed through Ram­sey Ru­ral Mu­seum, where there is free park­ing.

En­try to the gar­den is free in 2010. For more de­tails about open­ing times and vol­un­teer­ing there, visit www.ram­sey­walledgar­den.org

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