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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > December 2018 > A GARDEN FOR GOURMETS


Wendy Pillar visited a walled kitchen garden catering for modern tastes near Bristol
Owners and chefs Iain and Matthew Pennington with head gardener Mark Cox (centre)
Picture: Jason Ingram

Barley Wood Walled Garden at Wrington, south of Bristol, is in a magnificent position, on the south-facing side of a hill with breathtaking views towards the Bristol Channel. I visited on a very stormy day, but I would say it’s a glorious spot to visit when the sun’s shining.

It was built as a traditional Victorian kitchen garden for Henry Herbert Wills and his family in 1901, when there would have been a staff of 12–15 gardeners. These days, the two-acre site is run as a market garden, supplying vegetables, fruit and salad to the restaurant trade and to the public in veg boxes, by just one full-time gardener, Mark Cox, and some helpers.

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So another year is over on the veg plot – I hope you’ve had a successful and rewarding one. As ever it brought its challenges – the late spring and hot summer certainly made things interesting. My polytunnel crops were the best ever (although one arm is now longer than the other from carrying watering cans) and many of you have told me you’ve had some wonderful soft and tree fruit. That, however, is in the past and we need to prepare for the fun and challenges ahead. With that in mind we have some great features for you this month. Fruit expert David Patch offers his advice on planning a fruit garden, while Ben Vanheems encourages you to leave the spade in the shed and to join the ranks of converts to no-dig gardening. As usual we have features on growing a diverse range of crops and get out and about to meet readers from the North East to the South West. I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures of their wonderful plots as much as I did.