Can children join?
Children and young people aged 17 and under are very welcome to join the APWGG. However, they must join with one or more adult family members and be accompanied by them or another responsible adult to all Walled Garden events. We run events aimed at children and young people which are publicised locally.
Can I bring my dog into the garden?
Yes. There is a very small step at the entrance and the paths are a bit bumpy, but otherwise the paths are perfectly accessible. One of our major current projects is to find funding to resurface the paths·to improve both the appearance of the garden and access to it.
This is a difficult issue when the surrounding park is so favoured by dog-lovers, who include many of our members, but food plants grow in the garden and food is also sold there on market days. If you do bring your dog, please keep it on lead and under close control, especially when anywhere near food stalls on market days.
What does it cost to join the Allesley Park Walled Garden?
The current subscription levels are £8 per year for Individual Membership, or £12 per year for Family Membership.
What do I get for my membership?
What is the difference between the walled garden and an allotment?
We do not have exact planting plans for the Garden in Georgian times, but we do know quite a lot about what was grown there from the time it was built and try to obtain varieties of vegetables and fruit which would have been available then, or are as similar as possible. We also do not use modern fertilizers or other chemicals, and, for example, make our bean wigwams from boughs of the nut trees planted partly for that purpose. We have just replenished the medicinal herb garden, again using herbs that would have been everyday remedies for our ancestors. With a grant from the Heart of England Community Foundation, we are producing some display boards to explain all this to visitors.
There are quarterly newsletters, events for members, a members-only part of this website and we are hoping to develop other membership benefits. Members participating at any event are also covered by our group insurance. The Group is concerned that we remain open and inclusive and one way we can do that is to continue to be a membership-based organisation.
Do you own your bit of the walled garden?
No, the APWGG is licensed by the City Council to operate in an agreed way to cultivate the garden and take care of its features. The Garden is part of the Iliffe Bequest, left by Lord Iliffe to the people of the City of Coventry, and it is administered by the Council.
How do I find out more about walled gardens?
There is an association called the Walled Garden Network; the website address is www.walledgardens.net and the contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org One of our members is also an expert on Georgian walled gardens and can be persuaded to give talks to interested groups. Please get in touch if you are interested.
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