Established over 200 years ago and abandoned after Lucey Marie left Tintern Colclough (pronounced Coke-lee) Walled Garden has undergone a transformation in the past 4 or so years. The original layout has been reinstated using an Ordnance Survey Of Ireland historical map dated 1838. The map showed path structure, bridges, location of vegetable garden and fruit trees. It finally reopened in 2012.
At Tintern Abbey I joined Heritage Ireland and the card admitted me also to the Walled Garden.
The approach from the Abbey is through the former village of Tintern and along a woodland path with a strong smell of garlic and fading bluebells.
The Edge of the Ornamental Garden
The Kitchen Garden
The garden is divided into an Ornamental Garden and a Kitchen Garden.
Rhubarb seems to a popular vegetable for May. The south-facing sheltered garden also supports Mediterranean fruits and efforts are made to garden as ecologically and organically as possible.
Oranges and Lemons
Returning to the Abbey and Car park I followed the longer route over the Battlemented Abbey Bridge and past the ruined church and burial ground.
Ruined Church and Graveyard