When The Brogdale CIC Group were given a five-year lease to a Walled Garden hidden behind the Mount, our mission, was to restore it to its former Georgian/Victorian glory using the most sustainable means available. Last year we were granted a full 25-year lease meaning our plans for the restoration process can continue to blossom and grow.
In July 2022 we entered the South & South East Kent in Bloom competition and it was an absolute pleasure to receive the news that The Walled Garden won Silver Gilt.
“ From inheriting a totally overgrown neglected site, to achieving a well planned, sustainable garden has been a massive achievement in such a very short time. To achieve it whilst making a difference to the lives of young people with specific challenges through horticulture is truly outstanding. With environmental responsibility the aim at every stage that happens here. It is a massive tribute to the dedication of the staff who thrive on making a difference. The quality of vegetables grown, and the layout of beds reflected the quality of the staff, who enthuse and encourage, as much as they can. The young people who gain so much, in so many ways, helping them through the challenges they face. You have obviously made great strides in fundraising, and I feel that there is more help to enlist from worthy organisations who will, I am sure, help you through some of the daunting tasks which lie ahead to fulfil your tenancy agreement. It was lovely to be able to talk to some of the students and hear about their achievements, This has obviously made a difference to their confidence levels. You have made a remarkable difference, in a very short time, well done. Your plans for the future are massive, so enlist the help of organisations such as Network Rail volunteers, Sky TV staff and others who have the recourses to break the back of the tasks. Thank you for sharing with me the worthwhile work that you do. ” Judges Comments
We have great plans in place for the future and have been encouraged by the judges to enlist the help of organisations that have the recourses to break the back of the tasks.
If you would like to know more about our plans or talk to us about funding some of the work (including the restoration of a Georgian Greenhouse) we would love to hear from you.
Muddy Wellies designed and created two different entries for the Victoria Parks Scarecrow trail in Ashford. It was a great opportunity for the students to get into the community spirit and display their talents for all to see.
The Muddy Wellies Spider came in 2nd Place. We are very proud of our student’s effort and creativity. The Mayor of Ashford was very impressed with your entries so much so she wanted a picture! Well done Team Muddies