Saved from commercial development by the local community in the 1990s, the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close are rare survivals of Victorian gardens once used by trades folk living above their businesses in Warwick to escape from the crowded town.
The gardens are a unique example of the once-common Victorian detached pleasure garden - distinctly different from allotments - with their characteristic summer houses, hedge lines, pathways and orchards.
These historically significant plots were cultivated for both pleasure and production with tiny ornamental beds, small lawns as well as fruit and vegetables.
Out of the hundreds of such sites that would have once existed across the country, Hill Close Gardens are the only group of detached pleasure garden plots with public access in the UK, which makes them a nationally important asset.
Now in the care of the Hill Close Garden Trust, discover how their former owners came here after work or on Sundays to tend their plots or to relax.