Walled Kitchen Gardens

Walled Kitchen Gardens: The walled garden at Rousham

The walled garden at Rousham

An important Lottery Funded Project

In April 2012 the OGT was awarded £50,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to research the walled kitchen gardens of Oxfordshire. 

Our project co-ordinator, Sarah Cotter Craig, recruited an enthusiastic band of volunteers to undertake the research, survey work and recording of these sites. The project was completed in July 2014 and has led to a much better understanding and appreciation of these often-neglected gardens. Summary information regarding many of the individual walled gardens can be found by clicking on the map on the top left of this page, or selecting one of the districts listed below it.

The initial research involved looking at historical maps (mainly the first three editions of the Ordnance Survey c.1880 - 1920) and other readily available archives and data sources, including aerial photography. Our research identified the location of over 200 walled kitchen gardens in the county. We followed up with site visits to a selection of these gardens, where owners allowed access.  Our surveys confirmed what elements of the original garden survive, and their condition. Some are still used as originally intended, others have been developed for housing and other purposes, some have simply been left alone, others demolished. We mounted a touring exhibition in 2014, visiting local libraries. A free booklet 'The Walled Gardens of Oxfordshire' is available from the OGT, summarising our findings. 

We are grateful for the generous financial support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and for the encouragement and advice of English Heritage and their consultants.