Herb garden wins Plant Heritage Award

Over the last 2 years our garden team have been hard at work developing the herb garden, creating a number of linked but distinct areas. One of these areas is Dr Darwin’s Medicine Chest garden which
includes plants directly referenced in the writings of Dr Darwin and reflecting the variety of plants which were in use at this time by a professional physician.

The team applied to Plant Heritage, whose aim is to conserve the diversity of garden plants, hoping that this area of the garden would be awarded National Plant Collection status. Plant Heritage are the only
national charity to ensure the cultivated plants we grow now will be available to future generations for cultural, medical, culinary and aesthetic use. They do this through the National Plant Collection scheme, Plant Guardians and a local group networks.

Following a inspection of the garden,”the committee were pleased to see a collection come forward with this interesting context”. We are therefore pleased to announce that on the 19th November 2019 Dr Darwin’s Medicine Chest garden received full status in the Historical category.

Well done to all of the team who worked so hard to ensure the garden received this recognition.