In 1977 two ponies lived in the walled garden plus there was a row of potatoes at the top by the entrance to the garden. One of the first exciting finds were two flights of steps which had been covered with 50 years of debris and where the horses were led down to their pasture.
Over the years, it has been converted into a vegetable garden, but the slope was a little too steep. It is south facing and therefore sheltered and warmer, but not the easiest to garden successfully. In 2002 Peter started to terrace the garden and create new areas, building more steps and paths. The project was going to take six months, but took four or five years. Now there are raised beds, new walls and pathways giving lots of space for growing vegetables and strawberries and raspberries and black currents and blueberries. More recently some of the raised beds have been replaced trying to make it quite a productive garden for the house with the whole family joining in.
17 different varieties of apples, some heritage Apple varieties, some modern Apple varieties, and of course cooking apples grow against the south facing walls giving them the best start possible on this cold garden.