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Head gardener David Bawden at Colclough Walled Garden

Head gardener David Bawden at Colclough Walled Garden

Head gardener David Bawden at Colclough Walled Garden

The number of people from across the region visiting Colclough Walled Garden at Tintern Abbey has been encouraging, as the stunningly beautiful venue's gardeners work to bring it back to its former glory after nine weeks being closed.

Head gardener David Bawden said annual ticket sales have been very encouraging. 'There was a pent up demand from our regulars but our figures are way down, less than half on what we'd normally be getting.'

2019 saw 22,000 visits to the gardens, which are a very close replica to the original gardens from the early 1800s.

Bawden said the lawns were maintained by Alan Ryan during the lockdown as he lives within the 2kms allowed for travel. A new reception area building for lectures is being built for small groups who will get an insight into the restoration of the gardens.

The glass house and boiler hose are closed, but people can still enjoy the sights, smells and wonders of the gardens of the historic Colclough Walled Gardens.

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