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15:47 08 July 2013

Bedsford Park Walled Garden, The garden has always been private, ever since the manor house was built in the 1770s, but now a group have opened it to the public

Bedsford Park Walled Garden, The garden has always been private, ever since the manor house was built in the 1770s, but now a group have opened it to the public

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Formed in 2004, The Friends of Bedfords Park is a group of vibrant volunteers with formal status recognition, who meet regularly to carry out various outdoor tasks in the beautiful 215 acre Green Flag award winning Bedfords Park.

Friends fo Bedfords Park

Meeting location: The Walled Kitchen Garden, Bedfords Park, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower,

When you meet: The Second Sunday of every month for conservation and maintenance tasks in the Park at 10am. Also, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays every week for drop- in work and learning/information sessions in the Walled Garden from 10a.m.

Secretary: Lois Amos

Chairman / President: Mr. Nick Addison

Contact (website / phone number): 01708 704619 thefriendsofbedfordspark.blogspot.com

Our conservation and maintenance work include ditch and pond clearing, scrub bashing and rogue sapling removal, woodland tasks, step and path building and repairing, wildflower, tree and shrub layer planting, fencing, hedge laying, dead hedge creation and of course, the usual and necessary, regular litter picking.

More recently, our work has also extended to gardening, planting and growing food for a local food growing community project in the Georgian Walled Kitchen Garden c. 1776.

A grant has been secured for funding to begin working on the project and at last we are growing vegetables and fruit for the first time for many, many years.

We need volunteers throughout the year and seasons. We also need people of all ages and talents for such tasks as research and record keeping etc. later at harvest time we would appreciate help with recipe creation, cooking and preserving skills. Everyone is welcome to lend a hand and enjoy the peace and serenity of a secret space! Come along and see us- you’re sure of a warm welcome and we value you interest and support.

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