Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen hosted a Lecture Lunch at Dobbies Garden World in Cirencester in aid of Cotswold Breakthrough Breast Cancer. She talked about the creation of the Kitchen Garden at the Llewelyn-Bowen manor in Siddington, Gloucestershire.
This is a triangle of land enclosed on two sides by neighbours’ houses and, on the third overlooked by the Llewelyn-Bowen’s residence, and has become a shared space with the local neighbourhood. "Never mind who owns it, everyone can use it if they put something back in", says Jackie. A series of raised beds, filled with peas, beans, lettuces, courgettes, herbs and soft fruit, has been laid out by a local company Graduate Gardeners. "They’ve channelled our enthusiasm, and not just created a pleasing layout – it’s practical as well, and especially child-friendly with the grassy central area", she adds. There are potted olive and lemon trees, all within a framework of plant supports from Agriframes up which climbers are being trained to create a living screen. The project has been supported by Dobbies and Travis Perkins Cirencester with materials and logistical assistance.
A small taste of what the Llewelyn-Bowen’s have been up to…
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