Walled gardens have one of the most apt functions which today many community groups are involved: the growing of fresh local produce for the kitchen table. This growing interest has meant walled gardens, once the property of the landed gentry or private school, still offer an insight into good garden practises for everyone. Our interest as archaeologists is both the practical; the glass houses and the heating within their walls (called, unsurprisingly, a 'hot wall'), and the sense of well-being gardens encourage through their pathways, seating, views, colours and scents.
Following on from this survey project we hope to investigate these topics in our next garden project. We are now looking for funding and an opportunity to run a project. More later.