Chris Wilkes Garden


The inspiration behind Ruskin’s Crinkle Crankle Club (RCCC) is a Grade II listed eighteenth-century walled garden behind The Rookery in Old Headington. The club aims to restore this delightful garden to its former glory and is named after the garden’s crinkle crankle wall, whose warm, brick-lined zigzags maximise the surface area exposed to the sun for fruit growing. Working as a joint community project between Ruskin students and surrounding residents the club is re-producing this beautiful, productive and sustainable garden through the planting of fruit trees, herbs and vegetables.

With the generous support of the Country Houses Foundation, the Ruskin team set to work on the dilapidated garden in 2009, removing the prefabricated children’s nursery and the old hard tennis court, re-creating the terraces and repairing the structure of the crinkle crankle wall. The garden was formally handed over to the club to cultivate in August 2011.

Plans for the garden, photographs, a brief history and details of open days can be found on the Crinkle Crankle Club website.

Anyone interested in helping with the project should email