The Ernest Wilson Garden commemorates one of the greatest plant hunters of the early twentieth century. Born in 1876 in Chipping Campden 'Chinese' Wilson introduced more than 1,200 plants to the UK.
Since opening in 1984 the gravel paths in the garden have degenerated and we would like to renovate them to match the other existing paved paths which will make the whole garden accessible to those in wheelchairs, buggies etc.
We would also like to add to the garden more plants which Wilson collected.
What we'll deliver:
- Renovate disintergrating gravel paths to paved paths
- Plant additional Ernest Wilson plants
Why it's a great idea:
Walking through the little gate in the high wall is like going into a secret garden. This lovely garden in the heart of Chipping Camden is enjoyed by both locals and visitors. You can sit on your own, with friends or just wander around.
We hope that adding more plants will give the garden more year-round interest. It is a botanical garden in that it contains plants collected by Ernest Wilson. We look forward to receiving more visitors seeking out the collection of Wilson plants.
Most importantly the garden will be more acessible to more people.
Steps to get it done:
- Renovate the paths as soon as possible then plant additional plants.
During the past year we have been unable to hold any of our usual fund-raising events and the donation box in the garden has yielded very little due to the lack of tourists. We rely on our members, donations & fund-raising to keep the garden going.