As well as being an allotment plot holder, I am also a volunteer, just down the road, at the National Trust property of Red House. Dating from 1859, this is an iconic Arts and Crafts house, built by the architect Philip Webb and designer, poet and socialist William Morris.
The house was situated in an orchard and the garden was designed to ‘cloak the house’. A series of garden rooms were created in the spirit of medieval gardens. This was a revolutionary approach to gardening at the time and had a major influence on later horticulturists such as Gertrude Jekyll.
Morris lived in the house from 1860 -1865 and many changes have occurred since his departure. However there is now an exciting project, led by Head Gardener Robert Smith, to recreate one of the original garden rooms and I thought perhaps allotment holders might be interested to follow the project, either on line at: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/red-house/features/the-garden-snug-project-at-red-house or by popping in and seeing for themselves. The rest of the garden is wonderful too. The house and garden open this year on 1st March. Entrance to the garden is free. Opening times are Wednesday –Sunday, 11am-5pm.