We are delighted to be really busy with this year's harvest, which we take in a wheelbarrow around beautiful Marble Hill Park for visitors to enjoy. We leave a supply in the Coach House cafe so that people can help themselves and regular visitors are supplied over the garden fence. Donations go towards the upkeep of the garden and supplies of compost and seeds. We have grown a wide variety of vegetables this year: from traditional Kew Blue runner beans to the experimental (for us) tromboncino squash, pictured here in the banner image; and from sweetcorn to spinach. The white currants and gooseberries were magnificent this year. Potatoes and carrots have been plentiful and so far free from pests and disease. But of course no garden is without challenges. We struggled with broad beans. We lost a cherry tree to disease. It is partly these ever-changing circumstances that keep gardeners interested and forever looking for new methods and solutions. The garden is tended by a team of dedicated volunteers who come to our regular Thursday session as well as throughout the week, watering, welcoming visitors and looking after the site.

The garden has been the venue for some exciting activities: planting windowboxes for food, ideas for using herbs and art picnics. We have been really pleased to welcome Learning English at Home (Kingston), Multicultural Richmond and Richmond English as Additional Language for visits and workshops. People from across the world bring so many new perspectives and knowledge about garden and kitchen matters for the benefit of us all. 

We also see many regular visitors including children and parents from local day nurseries such as Brilliant Play and Mandarin Ducklings. It is amazing to offer to park visitors carrots that have been harvested that morning by under-fives with help from their parents! 

As Marble Hill Revived progresses the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park will evolve and we expect that Environment Trust will have a bigger role in running events but rather less involvement in the regular horticulture at the garden. Over the last five to six years the garden has become an outdoor community centre and we are sure that this spirit will continue.

Volunteer Chris checking the cucumber harvest

Victoria Plums - named by Brixton nurseryman Denyer around 1840, early in Victoria's reign