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Triumph with trowels…

16 May 2014

NOT only with trowels, but with spades, forks, and rakes, at the second open day at the Bishop's Palace, Southwell, another enthusiastic gang turned up, eager to get their hands dirty in the new Education Garden, which is part of the restoration plan for the palace ruins, once the home of Thomas Wolsey.

On 1 April, the first volunteer gardeners had planted the winter border, the knot garden, and the herb parterre - each interpreting a historic moment of the Palace's use. A month later, the volunteers have tackled the creation of a Gertrude Jekyll border that runs the whole length of the gable of the Palace, and a call went out for any spare herbaceous plants to help fill it up.

Charlie Leggatt, who is co-ordinating the project, says that they are planning "to connect the Palace with the outside space physically and intellectually, enhancing understanding". There will be "a programme for school groups, and informal learning opportunities for adults and families".

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