Volunteers dig-in for 1,000 hours in Warwick garden

Workers welcomed on site of Guy's Cliffe Walled Garden.
Workers welcomed on site of Guy's Cliffe Walled Garden.

Amateur gardeners who are helping to restore the Victorian kitchen garden that once provided food for Guy’s Cliffe House were this week celebrating 1,000 hours of voluntary effort.

It was only in January that work began to clear the 
neglected acre of land behind Hintons nursery in Warwick.

Now a regular core of 20 volunteers turn up once a week with help from others who go along for special workdays. The next two are from 10am on June 24 and July 3.

But none can compete with the last major clearance carried out on Wednesday by the JCB digger and dumper loaned by Peter O’Brien, of O’Brien’s in Cubbington, who agreed to clear the last of the tree roots and bramble.

Barry Meatyard, chairman of the Guy’s Cliffe Walled 
Garden Trust said: “We are extremely grateful to Peter for this community gesture and to all our volunteers who have now accounted for a total of 1,000 hours.”

The next stage will be to relay paths first set out in 1806.