Budding gardeners are invited to come along to a special event at Walpole Park’s community kitchen garden next Saturday, 9 June as part of the London-wide Open Square Gardens Weekend.
The weekend will see 208 gardens in and around the city throw open their gates to the wider community in appreciation of London’s green and historic spaces.
Open from 10am to 5pm on the day, visitors will get the opportunity to learn about gardening in the time of Pitzhanger Manor House’s famous architect, Sir John Soane. Children will be able to try their hand at gardening and visitors will have the chance to buy some of the heritage varieties of fruit, vegetables and flowers grown in the community kitchen garden, within the walled garden.
Two adult learning workshops will be on offer throughout the day, with landscape drawing classes taking place at 12.30 and 1.30pm, and flower arranging classes every half hour from 12.30pm to 2pm.
The park’s new beehive will also be on show, with the Walpole Friends’ voluntary beekeepers suiting-up at 10.30am to demonstrate the
art of beekeeping.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “We are lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful
open spaces in Ealing and with the recent lovely weather there is no better time to get in touch with nature and local history. This promises to be a great event and I’m sure there will be lots of budding young gardeners eager to get their hands dirty.
“I’d like to thank the Friends of Walpole Park for making the walled garden what it is today and for making this great community event
There is no need to book to participate in the event, which is funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the wider regeneration project for Walpole Park and Pitzhanger Manor House.