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Workshop: Vine pruning - dark art or science? Saturday 11th February 2017  10am - 3.30pm  Do you have grapevines at home and would like to know more about pruning?   Do you want to know why the way you prune affects how much fruit you get? This day is for you!
Non-members £45,  Friends £30 Volunteer Members £10    Spaces are limited and it is essential to book please:   Book on line here

Nestled between the picturesque villages of Old Warden and Cardington, vines were first planted on this beautiful Bedfordshire field in medieval times by monks at the Cistercian Abbey of Warden. Centuries later, the Whitbread family re-planted the monks' "Lyttel Vineyard" in 1986, and went on to produce award-winning wines right up to their last vintage in 2008

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity now lease the vineyard in an ambitious project to provide a unique community and educational resource - and are carrying on the tradition of making medal winning wines. 

The community vineyard is a not-for-profit venture.  We work with other local charities, organisations and local schools to offer:

  • a unique setting for social and therapeutic horticulture
  • learning and skills development
  • help for people into employment or voluntary work
  • a range of volunteering opportunities for local people and community groups, and a great chance to be involved from vine to wine
  • wildlife and heritage projects


Supported by:

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