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HANNAH FINCH: It's all about teamwork

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

walled garden: Parke ranger Fred Hutt and Bovey Community Gardens co-ordinator Gail Banham Torquil MacLeod TQTM20140417A-01_C

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VENTURE into the walled garden at Parke, Bovey Tracey and you'll find a thriving garden tended by dedicated volunteers.

Bovey Climate Action gardeners grow vegetables for their tables while National Trust volunteers busily prepare herbaceous borders, train fruit trees, grape vines and herb beds.

It takes many hours of commitment and passion to keep the walled garden looking at its best.

The garden will be open for the NGS on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, from 2pm to 6pm.

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It is one of the seven Bovey Tracey Gardens opening for the weekend with a combined entry is £4.50, children free.

Fred Hutt, National Trust ranger at Parke said: "We have a small team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers here at Parke and the fruit of their labours are great to see, however we are always looking for more people to join the team.

"It doesn't have to be hours on end but whatever suits your lifestyle and what ever time you can offer is always welcome"

Having a walled garden is a dream for many gardeners.

For many years the beautiful old walled garden at Parke has grown little but brambles, but now Bovey Climate Action and the National Trust have formed a partnership which has turned it into a community treasure.

Gail Banham, Bovey Community Gardens co-ordinator, said: " If you wish you had room in your garden to grow vegetables and fruit — or if you've got some space, but would like to widen your horizons — come and join us, you will be able to garden with others, sharing knowledge and producing delicious, fresh vegetables.

"We are currently busy sowing and planting for the summer season and some members have taken seeds home to start them off and bring them back in 'mini plant' form, this means the garden is reaching into the community.

"We look forward to welcoming the many visitors who walk around Parke."

To find out more or get involved, contact Fred Hutt, ranger for the National Trust at Parke; fred.hutt@nationaltrust.org.uk or 01626 834 748 or log on to www.boveycommunitygarden.org.uk

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