King’s Lynn’s new secret garden

King's Lynn arts centre Amiens garden ANL-140207-142314001
King's Lynn arts centre Amiens garden ANL-140207-142314001
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A beautiful new public garden has been created in the centre of Lynn just a short stroll from the Tuesday Market Place.

It has been designed and constructed by seven talented and highly motivated unemployed people, who are taking part in the Social Inclusion strand of the Art, Cities and Landscape project, an innovative partnership with Amiens in France, funded by the EU Interreg IVA programme.

The Social Inclusion strand, which is being delivered by King’s Lynn Arts Centre, encourages and supports participants to develop and learn skills in the creative and gardening industries.

Led by artist Lyndall Phelps, the group have transformed a little known space at King’s Lynn Arts Centre into a lush and peaceful garden, which has impressed all those who have witnessed it taking shape.

Borough councillor Elizabeth Nockolds said: “I enjoyed my visit to this very special Secret Garden. The amount of time and thought the group had put into creating the garden was impressive, especially their use of recycled materials and the suitability of their plant choices for the space.

“I particularly liked the way the garden was laid out in two distinct areas, one brimming with different shades of green intermingled with colourful perennials, the other a kitchen garden.

“It’s a garden I could sit in and reflect, as well as a wonderful place to relax.”

The secluded walled garden has been designed with wildlife in mind, along with a desire to reuse and recycle wherever possible. It includes a wide variety of ornamental plants, vegetables and herbs, a number of which have been grown from seed.

There are numerous points of interest within the garden, including herbaceous borders, a barrel garden, a working kitchen garden and a newly-planted and thriving cherry tree, which is already attracting blackbirds.

The participants are extremely proud of what they have accomplished. David Hall referred to the garden as “brilliant,” and said that “between us all, we’ve achieved a great deal”.

Tamara Bridge provided invaluable advice on garden design and Mark Webster, from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, shared his expertise on how to make the garden attractive to wildlife.

The group gained practical experience by working alongside the West Norfolk Council’s grounds maintenance team on a range of landscaping tasks.

They also looked at the history of garden design and visited various gardens in Norfolk. The participants took part in a range of creative workshops including handcrafted ceramics with Paul Ebbens, learnt how to create sculptures from found objects with Karin Forman and became familiar with basic woodworking skills at West Norfolk Mind’s Wood Recycling Project.

The garden, which is part of Anglia in Bloom, will open to the public on Sunday, July 20. Visitors can enjoy the beauty and serenity of this hidden gem on: Sunday, July 20, 2–6pm, Monday 21 to Saturday 26 July, 10am to 5pm, every Thursday from July 31 to September 25, 11am to 4pm

Free access to the garden is via Ferry Lane.