Efforts to revive west London's proud past as the capital's larder will continue with the opening of a model market garden next weekend.
Visitors to the garden at Marble Hill Park on Saturday, May 17, can get guided tours, receive horticultural tips at the 'vegetables advice desk' and enjoy children's activities between 11am and 4pm.
For some 200 years, Hounslow, Twickenham and surrounding districts were the agricultural heartland of London, carpeted with vegetable patches, fruit trees and gleaming glasshouses.
Project manager Verusca Calabria said 130 volunteers had already played a part in the project, run by the Environment Trust for Richmond, from recording their memories to cultivating the new model garden.
“Our volunteers have between them given up time worth £30,000 and we’re so grateful for all their help,” said Ms Calabria.
“This project isn’t just about bringing back lost varieties of fruit and vegetables, and reviving the techniques used to cultivate them; it’s about showing people how to grow their own food and live sustainably.”
The plot, in the north-east corner of Marble Hill Park, in Richmond Road, Twickenham, will be used to grow varieties of fruit, vegetables and flowers found in the area during the heyday of market gardening between 1850 and 1910, using traditional techniques.
Local people will be able to use the garden, which will be opened by Richmond mayor Meena Bond, to grow their own food. Project organisers will also work with schools, charities and other groups to offer education and training at the site.
More volunteers are still needed to help maintain the garden, with full training available, and to share their memories of market gardens.
For more information, visit http://jamyesterdayjamtomorrow.com, call Ms Calabria on 0779 1092850 or email email@example.com