Thursday, 7 April 2011

The Lost Garden of Pembrokeshire......

Penty Park Walled Garden in Walton East, Pembrokeshire is currently being restored by local business woman Lesley Lewis, proprietor of The Georges Restaurant in Haverfordwest.

After years of neglect Lesley plans to restore the once productive fruit and vegetable area of Penty Park Estate using a sympathetic approach to its history and ecology with sustainable and organic development.

 After 4 years hard work the gardener's cottage has been restored using original materials where possible and the garden is beginning to produce food again including honey, strawberries, organic herbs and leaves for the Georges Restaurant. A large green house has been reinstated along with its original wiring system where soft fruit and salad crops will be nutured. Much of the area will retain its natural peace and beauty as parkland nurturing wildlife, birds and ancient shrubs and trees. Lesley hopes in the future to open the garden as part of the National Garden Scheme open gardens for charity.

It is important to gather as much information as possible to guide and inform the work as it progresses.

If you have any information, particularly photographs or records of the garden in the past Lesley would be happy to copy and return them. She would vey much appreciate contact from anyone who can add to her knowledge. Lesley is already familiar with the book by Cecilia Jenkin nee Philipps Lloyd, who grew up at Penty Park in the early part of the 20th C but information from local families or workers on the estste with memories of the garden would be very useful. You may even have skills that would assist in this important attempt to preserve Pembrokeshire's heritage.

If you can help in any way please contact Lesley Lewis or Kay Fuller at The Georges, 24 Market Street, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA61 1NH
Telephone 01437 766683

                                                           Victorian Dipping Pool

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