Tarring fig garden open day

PEOPLE were given the chance to tour Tarring’s ancient fig garden at the annual open day.

DM1511850a Terry and Michel Wood
DM1511850a Terry and Michel Wood

Visitors relaxed in the garden of Bishop’s Garth, in South Street, and tucked into free scones, provided by owners Richard and Ann Warner.

Mr Warner said: “It went very well, there were lots of people and it was nice weather. We had some magical singers in the morning and we played folk music in the afternoon, while everybody relaxed in the garden.”

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The fig trees are known to have existed in 1745, although local tradition suggests they may have been planted in the days of the Archbishop Thomas Becket (1120 to 1170).

DM1511846a Julia Woodgate in the ancient fig garden

The garden are always open on first Saturday of July.

Attendance this year was a bit above average, possibly because Wimbledon had been put back a week, so it did no coincide with the women’s final day, as in other years.

Mr Warner said the trees were bearing fruit, also a bit above average, which would be ready to pick in August.

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Inspecting the fig trees, Michel Wood. Photo by Derek Martin DM1511858a

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