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Cecil Sharp House Garden


The Cecil Sharp House garden is a low maintenance permaculture design inspired by the folk adage: one for the birds, one for the bugs and one for me which chimes very well with the permaculture ethos of earth care, people care, fair shares. It is based on working with the soil-food-web, wildlife and plants as co-gardeners to maintain health and fertility.

garden in 2017

The entrance garden and walled garden have been designed by permaculture designer Kayode Olafimihan, and are now maintained by gardener Susannah Hall and a team of volunteers.

In keeping with the folk ethos of Cecil Sharp House, the garden showcases a variety of apple trees which are central to the English folk tradition. A Saint Cecilia, Cecil Sharp’s birthday tree, three Red Sentinel crab apples and a Blenheim Orange christmas apple. The majority of the rest of the plants are edible and can be harvested by staff and by the volunteers who maintain the garden.

The entrance garden of Cecil Sharp House was transformed in March 2014 by 20 volunteers from permaculture edible garden makeover group, Permablitz London. The design for the walled garden was implemented by Permablitz London in March 2015 with 30 volunteers.

Many of the plants in the garden have been donated by supporters of Cecil Sharp House. We are also very grateful to the following companies for their sponsorship: Carbon Gold, Supreme Turf & Soils Ltd, Hazeleigh Wood. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed with plants and other materials, donations and their time.