Productive gardens

Springhead has a tradition of growing organic produce and there is an organic covenant in place.

In the early days of the organic movement, Springhead supplied produce to London’s first health food shop in Baker Street, and later to Cranks, which in the 1970s became the UK’s first chain of vegetarian restaurants. Fresh produce is still produced on a small scale, for school children and other visitors.

Now that ownership and management of the gardens has passed to the Springhead Trust, the plan is to restore and develop the kitchen gardens and orchards both in order to grow more fresh produce and to use them as a learning resource. The Trust is actively fundraising for capital costs such as new greenhouses and polytunnels, and for the cost of planning, setting up and looking after the productive gardens.

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