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UK: Reclaiming the Lost Gardens of Totnes

Looking after the Lost Gardens of Totne.

The 150-year-old kitchen garden in the grounds of Totnes’s Kennicott Sixth Form College was once part of a working Victorian estate boasting hothouses growing grapes and nectarines.

By Steve Peacock
Totnes Today
3 August 2017


But for the past 20 years it has fallen into disrepair, with its use restricted to partial employment as an allotment.

Earlier this year a ­garden design day was organised as the first step in regenerating the kitchen garden as an education resource for the community and the school.

Staff from the school backed the latest effort, as they got stuck in alongside the students.

Natalie Clark, the school’s personal, social and health education co-ordinator, who organised the participation of the students and made sure that the staff support was there on each day, said: “It’s not every day that you can give your students a chance to be outdoors, have fun and learn new skills and knowledge at the same time. The week was a real success and we look forward to developing this work in the garden next year.”

The Friends of Kenni­cott Garden has now been set up as a formal organisation, chaired by school governor Bethan Edwards.

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