In 2012 Pretty Nostalgic won a RHS Silver medal for our show garden, Preserving the Community, at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. This garden was designed to show how you can bring disused land back to life for the benefit of the community. It’s about creating and preserving a caring, sharing community where nothing goes to waste
The Preserving Kitchen
There are often gluts in growing communities: a large apple tree that produces far too many apples for one family to use; a busy mum with no time to use the black currants from her garden and then all of those wild foods, such as hazel nuts and blackberries, which could be put to good use with a bit of co-ordination.
The preserving shed showed how you could use up any spare produce by making jams, pickles, preserves and wine. There’s a vintage enamel log burning range, fuelled by scrap wood and hedge trimmings. All the glass jars, containers, newspapers and string were collected and reused – nothing is wasted and very little was bought new.