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Southwell Workhouse to sell fresh home-grown produce to visitors this harvest time



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People can collect fresh seasonal produce from their favourite National Trust gardens this harvest time.

Fruit and vegetables will be on sale at properties across the country, including at The Workhouse in Southwell.

The Victorian Kitchen Garden at The Workhouse was used to feed the paupers that lived there, as well as raising additional income.

Fresh produce is picked from the Southwell Workhouse gardens (51442257)
Fresh produce is picked from the Southwell Workhouse gardens (51442257)

Seasonal produce and herbs would be grown and sold to make a profit, whilst simple goods, like potatoes, would form a staple part of the paupers’ diet.

The garden also created work for male inmates, both young and old.

Fresh produce is picked from the Southwell Workhouse gardens (51442240)
Fresh produce is picked from the Southwell Workhouse gardens (51442240)

The vegetable garden there today is a 19th century replica, regularly maintained by a team of dedicated volunteers.

Lynette Helmore, a garden volunteer at The Workhouse, said: “One of the pleasures in gardening at the workhouse is that we try and focus on cultivating heritage varieties wherever possible.

“Visitors are surprised by the number of different beetroot that we grow for example. We always have some golden ones in the garden but most people are amazed when they see our Barbietola di Chioggia, which has white and red rings. You can eat it raw and it doesn’t ‘bleed’ when you slice it.

“Our blue Shetland Black potatoes were great this year. Blue on the outside, with a ring of blue inside. A new variety this year for The Workhouse. Quite different from the salad blue we also grew, which had a strong blue flesh inside.

“There’s something different each year.”

Money raised from fruit and vegetable sales will go directly back into supporting the conservation work of the National Trust.

Lucy Armstrong, senior visitor experience officer, said: “Our garden volunteers have done an amazing job this year to bring the vegetable garden back to its pre-pandemic glory. Through their hard work and dedication, we have an impressive working plot and delicious, fresh produce for our visitors to enjoy.”



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