I’ve completed a one year traineeship in Heritage Gardening. Heritage Gardening involves applying horticultural skills and practices in historic garden settings, so means looking to maintain and conserve particularly significant historic features as well as the overall style and content of these gardens.It also means designing and creating new, appropriate features and interpretation. I now offer specialist consultancy and practical gardening support in historic gardens.
The traineeship- which was Lottery funded- involved practical skills development and background learning. It also involved placements at three historic sites:
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum, Norfolk (Norfolk County Council)
Peckover House, Wisbech, Cambs. (National Trust)
Salle Park , near Reepham, Norfolk (Sir John White)
A large walled garden with fruit, veg and herbaceous perennials was a key focus of the traineeship at Salle Park.
One of the courtyard gardens at Gressenhall Museum, just after its replanning and planting.
The Traineeship involved learning new skills such as hedge laying and hurdle making- these are hurdles made as border edgings in a garden at Gressenhall Museum.