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Faversham’s walled garden lease extended for 25 years

Published Monday 4 October, 2021
Last updated on Monday 4 October, 2021

The historic walled garden at The Mount in Faversham can now be restored to its former glory thanks to a 25-year lease from Swale Borough Council.

Brogdale CIC hold the current lease which will be extended by 25-years when it expires in June 2022.

Since taking on the garden in 2017, Brogdale CIC have installed a self-composting toilet, solar lighting and made a classroom from an old unusable boiler room.

The garden also hosts specialist education for students aged 16-25 years, and carpentry workshops and youth clubs for young people in social care.

Rebecca O'Neill, Managing Director at Brogdale CIC, said:

“We’ve leased the beautiful walled garden for five years and have put in an incredible amount of work. With a longer lease, we can now fully invest in the Georgian garden and restore it to how it was more than 200 years ago.

“We’ve already restored an old boiler room to create a classroom for horticulture sessions with our disadvantaged young people from Craftworks College, and installed a self-composting toilet, solar lighting, and well for watering the garden.

“Now we have the certainty of a longer lease, we can apply for external funding to renovate a beautiful old glass house that has collapsed, and restore the paths and gardens for the community to enjoy.”

Cllr Roger Truelove, leader of the council, said:

“Brogdale CIC have done tremendous work in the time they’ve leased the gardens, improving the grounds, and offering opportunities to disadvantaged young people.

“Now we have approved the extension of the lease, a future visit to the walled garden could offer a step back in time with a sustainable future.”

Cllr Richard Palmer, cabinet member for community at the council, said:

“The walled garden dates back to Georgian times, and to have it fully restored would be a real asset for the community.

“The site was previously used as a rehabilitation facility for officers returning from the first and second world wars, and having the garden brought back to life is wonderful to see.”

Councillors agreed the extension of the lease at the last cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 22 September.

The full report can be found here.