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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Fresh Produce

When the Tyntesfield Estate was first bought by the National Trust the whole place was in a time warp and had gradually deteriorated from it's former glory. We were invited to some of the early tours of the house and of the gardens so saw things virtually as they were when the National Trust took over. It is consequently great to regularly see the restoration progressing.
It is possible before even stepping into the kitchen garden that there has been a massive amount of progress.


There are indeed several entrances and this sign hints at the purpose of the garden.


The first time we visited it was mainly laid down to grass. Now it is a thriving line of production!


The produce looks lush and tasty.


When you see fruit like this you can see the need for signs asking you not to touch. The temptation is great.


There are rows of different varieties of potatoes.


Asparagus beds that are now finished for the season.


Artichokes.


And some extraordinary looking elephant garlic. 




Note in the background the carefully trained fruit trees fixed on the brick walls which are such a feature of this garden. 
The walled garden is tucked away at the far estate but is worth the walk (only about 10minutes if that)  or there is a courtesy bus if you prefer. It's well worth that little leg stretch to see what has been achieved down here.

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