Get your hands dirty in Walpole Park

Published 4 January 2012

Ealing Council’s parks team is calling on residents with ‘green fingers’ to pop along to free gardening sessions at Walpole Park.

Multi coloured carrots

Volunteers are welcome to join the established gardening project responsible for attending to the heritage kitchen garden. Sessions run every Thursday 10am – 12 noon in the park’s Walled Garden giving people an opportunity to learn about horticulture. The programme specialises in growing and cultivating heritage varieties of vegetables similar to those grown in the 1800s.

The council has been awarded £2.4million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to help restore and preserve some of the park’s historic features. The plans include increasing the varieties of vegetables and fruits being grown as well as experimenting with growing food from across the world.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “There will be lots of opportunities for people to come along and get involved with projects in the park this year. The Walpole kitchen garden is a great way to try your hand at some gardening and learn more about the types of food which were commonly grown across Britain around 200 years ago. I can’t wait to get down there and grow some round cucumbers and Rainbow Mix carrots myself.”

More information is available about volunteering projects in Walpole Park. Call the park’s team on 020 8825 6742 for details.