Tree Planting – HHA/Christie’s Garden of the Year

This year it was Helmingham Hall in Suffolk that was the winner of the Historic Houses Association/Christie’s Garden of the year award. A house on this site has been in the Tollemache family for well over 500 years.

The current incumbents are Lord Timothy & Lady Alexandra (Xa) Tollemache who had graciously lowered the drawbridge – yes the house is surrounded by a moat and the drawbridges at the front and rear are lowered every morning and raised every evening, better protection than a burglar alarm! – to let in a large party of Fruiterers.

The House is not normally open to the public but we were given a wonderful tour of part of the interior by Lord Tollemache. The fact that he and Lady Tollemache were due to move out in two days’ time did not seem to concern him at all!

After the tour we went into the garden to plant the tree.

The Master was ably assisted by both Lord and Lady Tollemache as well as their long-term Head Gardener, Roy Balaam.

Following the tree planting we went into the Coach House Tea Rooms where a splendid buffet lunch had been laid on.

After lunch we were then given a tour of the winning garden by Lady Tollemache. She is an extremely talented garden designer in her own right having won a Gold Medal at Chelsea and she credits Helmingham Hall as being the inspiration that set her on that path.

Here is not the place to give an in depth guide to the garden, for that please visit Helmingham Hall’s website: http://www.helmingham.com/.

On that site you can see numerous stunning photographs but one you won’t see is that of the group who much enjoyed their visit and the hospitality of “Tim & Xa”!

On that site you can see numerous stunning photographs but one you won’t see is that of the group who much enjoyed their visit and the hospitality of “Tim & Xa”!

Tree Plantings

The programme of planting fruit trees in prominent and important gardens and locations has been continuing since 1981. The locations that have received trees can be found on the attached.

tree programme

Our Key Objectives Are:

  • To promote excellence across all sectors of the fruit industry
  • To support education and research that helps to develop the fruit industry
  • To support the Lord Mayor and the City of London Corporation
  • To raise funds for a selected group of relevant charities