Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden Trust was established in 2004 to manage the restoration of the walled kitchen garden at Ramsey Abbey. In 2012 they were left a very generous donation from L. J. Drake, to fund rebuilding the old lean-to greenhouses that once occupied the East wall and border.
The following year, 2013, the Trust approached Alitex to express their interest in replacing the three original greenhouses with a single large lean-to greenhouse. It took two years for the Trust to finalise their plans, funding and specify for the designs. The Trust confirmed the designs by Alitex, and they both felt confident the greenhouse would represent the original structures and remain in keeping with the authenticity of the Abbey's historical buildings.
In 2015, the designs were finalised for the greenhouse to measure twenty-five and a half metres long, it has a faceted feature lobby with two 3/4 span wings on either side. The greenhouse project was fuelled by John Drake, whose dedication and commitment inspired the structure and development of the walled garden. The Victorian style glasshouse was finished in August 2016 and the plans for the planting are currently underway, whilst the central lobby will be used as a display house, either side will have their specific purpose including use for propagating, over wintering and aiding vegetable and fruit growth.
The building works were started in Spring 2016 ensuring that they were finished to specifications by Summer 2016 ready for the aluminium structure to be built. The timings were crucial with this project to ensure there was no disruption to the school now occupying the Abbeys grounds and that the safety of pupils and staff were a high priority. Alitex met these priorities and the expectations were highly achieved in regards to timings and delivering a beautiful greenhouse that represents the original Abbey greenhouses.