Despite the serious neglect of the Kitchen Gardens over the last 30 years, there is still beauty to be found when you have the eye for it.
Rachel Warne’s stunning shots (left) earned her the wonderful accolade of International Garden Photographer of the Year 2009 for her Portfolio of shots of the decaying greenhouses in the Walled Kitchen Garden at Pentillie. These photographs were on display at Kew Gardens in 2010, and can now be seen in the downstairs loos at Pentillie!
With the support of Natural England and English Heritage we secured funding for the consolidation and repair of the garden walls. Grants were awarded in 2012, enabling us to restore the listed walls of the kitchen garden, and the crumbling greenhouse. This work was completed in April 2013. Two local families now use small areas of the garden as allotments which fills us with hope for the future of the garden.
Projects for the inside of the kitchen garden, e.g. volunteer schemes, re-planting of the beds and borders, will all be uploaded to the website in due course, but please do contact us if you have a bright idea on how to get the most of the Kitchen Gardens without breaking the fragile ‘Pentillie Bank’. We would like to involve retired and wounded servicemen’s charities and local community groups in the regeneration of the kitchen gardens. However, if you have any amazing ideas, or would like to volunteer, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would love to hear from you!