Guernsey Botanical Trust have begun a search for existing Vine Ladders, the design and use of which, appears to be unique to the Bailiwick. The Vine Ladder that once existed at a Vine House in the original Victorian Walled Garden at Saumarez Park, will be rebuilt.
Only a few days ago, Mike de Carteret GBT was thrilled to discover a fine example of a Vine Ladder at a Bordeaux property.
To date (August 2014) eight ladders have been identified.
- Castle Carey
- Government House (originally known as The Mount/Le Mont)
- La Seigneurie, Sark
- Bordeaux, private house
Known, but no longer extant:
- Les Adams de Haut (Gillian Lenfestey)
- Les Buttes, St Saviour (Sara Lampitt)
- Le Mont Saint (donated to Guernsey Museums, subsequently to GBT by Liz Head)
- Saumarez Park (Walled Kitchen Garden) (see following National Geographic photograph, March 1938)
The technical detail of Government House’s Vine Ladder:
If you know of existing vine ladders, or parts of vine ladders, including wheels, rails, hinges and brackets, please get in touch with Mike de Carteret
This is a very exciting research project for historic Guernsey. To read a potted history with further photographs and facts which might help you identify a vine ladder, please go to Vine Ladders in the Guernsey Bailiwick