Historic vine planting

The first replanting of new vines for almost 30 years took place at Warden Abbey
The first replanting of new vines for almost 30 years took place at Warden Abbey

The first replanting of new vines for almost 30 years took place at the community vineyard Warden Abbey on Tuesday.

As part of the development of the vineyard, more than 200 new vines were planted following the highly successful ‘Grow Your Tenner’ fund-raising campaign last year.

The new planting marks the start of the restoration of the historic vineyard.

The Warden Abbey Vineyard is run by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and produced the Reformer and Founder white wines in 2013 under the direction of Master of Wines, Derek Smedley.

The modern vineyard was planted on the site of the Lyttel Vineyard by the Whitbread family in 1986 and they produced award winning wines right up to 2008.

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity has managed the vineyard since 2010 to develop it as a resource for the community. It is now cared for all year round by volunteers.